Why does this keep happening?
It’s as if UFC Belfast is destined to fall apart from the top down.
Last week we received the terrible news that SBG welterweight Gunnar Nelson had been forced out of his Belfast headliner against Dong Hyun Kim after he injured his ankle in preparation.
The Irish interest in the card was dealt a bruising blow after Iceland’s ‘Gunni’, Ireland’s adopted son, withdrew and the main event was scrapped altogether.
The UFC moved swiftly and admirably to replace it with a banger of a bout in the form of the middleweight rematch between Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall.
But now the November 19 card has seemingly lost another of its biggest fights as James Krause, scheduled to face off with Ross Pearson in the co-main event, announced that he is unable to compete.
It's with great disappointment and frustration that I make this post announcing that I'm forced to withdraw from my #UFCBelfast bout with Ross Pearson… again. Monday morning during wrestling practice I tore my hamstring for what the doctor says is a "high grade", substantial tear in 3 different spots to my hamstring. This is 2 camps in a row, and against Ross that I've had to withdraw from so my greatest apologies to him. This is not my norm and I pride myself on fighting any opposition that's been offered to me. That being said during these training camps I've made a lot of progress and am very excited to show my improvements whoever and whenever that time comes. Once again, my deepest apologies to @rosstherealdeal and the @ufc. I'll be back soon enough.
Krause took to Instagram to explain that he had torn his hamstring in a grappling session earlier this week and the injury would rule him out of next month’s event.
It comes as the second time in three months that Krause has been forced out of a fight against Pearson. After pulling out of a July clash with England’s Pearson, Krause was replaced by the debuting Will Brooks.
At the time of writing, we don’t know whether the promotion will pursue a replacement opponent for ‘The Real Deal’ or whether the fight will be taken out of the running order entirely.