One of the more highly anticipated bouts featuring Hawaii born fighters in the UFC has been scrapped.
Kapolei’s Louis Smolka was forced to withdraw from his July 10, UFC 264 main card showdown against Sean O’Malley (13-1) due to injury according to his management team.
Smolka’s injury was first reported by Ariel Helwani of BT Sports.
The bantamweight bout was set up to be Smolka’s most high profile fight in the UFC since he defeated Paddy Holohan in 2015 in the main event of UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin, Ireland.
Smolka, at 17-7 has won six of his last eight bouts and was coming off of a second round TKO win over José Alberto Quinonez in December.
O’Malley vs. Smolka was scheduled to be part of the pay-per-view portion of the show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The trilogy fight between superstars Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor headlines the event.
According to sources, the UFC is currently looking for a replacement to keep the widely popular O’Malley on the card.