Holland, Giles UFC Fight Night bout called off due to Giles fainting

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Kevin Holland and Trevin Giles were supposed to fight on the UFC Fight Night 173 card from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mere moments before the fight was supposed to take place, it was called out.

As Giles was in the hallway getting ready to walk to the Octagon, he fainted. UFC President Dana White and the staff immediately called off the fight.

The overhead view of the octagon during the UFC 229 event
Overhead view of the octagon during the UFC 229 event. Who will step into the Octagon next with Khabib? (Photo by Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

The two were supposed to fight on the main card. Instead, Giles was transported to a nearby hospital, according to MMA Mania.

No other information has been provided since Giles was transported to a local hospital.

Despite having his fight canceled, Holland still wanted to fight. In fact, he called out Ed Herman on Twitter.

Herman was supposed to fight Gerald Meerschaert; however, the fight was canceled earlier Saturday. Meerschaert did not give an explanation initially, but on Twitter, he admitted that he had the coronavirus.

“Feel healthy and will do everything I can to keep it that way,” Meerschaert. “And keep those around me safe.”

According to Kevin Lole, White attempted to make a fight between Holland and Herman.

With the fight canceled, it is one of the shortest MMA cards ever put on by the UFC. According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, it is tied for the smallest UFC card in the past five years. This tied the nine-fight card at UFC 223 at Khabib vs. Iaquinta in 2018.

However, the last UFC Fight Night card with nine fights came at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero in 2015.

Now, the “Trailblazer” will have to wait to fight again. When he does — whenever that may be — he’ll bring his 17-5 record into the bout with a one-fight win streak.

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