Undefeated welterweight Walter Gahadza (14-0) has been forced out of his BAMMA 17 contest with Frenchman Mickael Lebout (12-3) due to illness. Furthermore, the 170lb contest has been scrapped altogether with Lebout having not been matched with a replacement opponent.

The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts revealed this evening that Gahadza was taken ill after returning from his Miami based training camp with renown fight team, the ‘Blackzilians’.

Doctors advised that Gahadza was unable to safely complete a weight cut, thus he was removed from the card.

“I am absolutely gutted to be unable to fight on BAMMA 17,” said Gahadza. “But I use this experience as fuel and I’m hungrier than ever to fight back and make sure that I will return in explosive form, and give all the BAMMA fans a performance they will never forget”

Gahadza has put together an impressive 14-fight undefeated streak on the UK domestic scene; however, many have called for the Londoner to face a bigger challenge. This latest issue adds to a string of unfortunate circumstances for ‘The Sniper’; prior to joining BAMMA, a highly anticipated contest versus the undefeated Ryan Scope (8-0) was plagued by injuries on both sides.

BAMMA 17 takes place on December 6 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester