The fighter schedule to face Deron Winn in the former wrestler's UFC debut has withdrawn because of an injury.
On Thursday, Markus Perez revealed on his Instagram account that an injury has forced him to withdraw from his middleweight (185-pound) match with Winn at UFC Fight Night 153 on Saturday, June 22 in Greenville, South Carolina at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Here's an English translation: "Good night only to leave warning. I injured myself while training. Tomorrow will be surgery… Obviously my June fight has been cancelled. I apologize to all that were waiting for this fight!!! Thank you."
The message does not explain the extent of the injury, but is accompanied by an x-ray image of what appears to be a broken bone.
Perez will have surgery Friday.
The MMA website Fightful reports, "UFC officials are seeking a replacement opponent to fight Winn, who is expected to remain on the card at this time."
Here's how Winn responded to the news on Twitter:
"I hope it's nothing serious and I hope we can share the cage in the future. I'll still be ready. I'm confident @ufc will find me a good replacement. I'll be ready to rock!"
The 28-year-old Perez, a Brazil native, has a 11-2 pro MMA record. Prior to making his Octagon debut in November 2017, Perez was 9-0, having held the Legacy Fighting Alliance middleweight title.
Winn, 29, is now 5-0 in his professional MMA career which he launched in March 2017. His first four fights ended in the first round. Winn's most recent victory was over veteran Tom Lawlor at Golden Boy MMA in Los Angeles in November 2018. Winn signed with UFC just days before Christmas in 2018.
Prior to entering MMA competition, Winn was a three-time Missouri high school state wrestling champ, and twice a NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) titlewinner for St. Louis Community College, Meramec.