ST. LOUIS – The UFC’s debut in St. Louis has lost one of its fights the day before the event.

Zak Cummings (21-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from his welterweight bout with Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) because of an undisclosed injury. UFC officials made the announcement early today following an initial report from

Their bout had been scheduled to take place on the FS1 prelims of UFC Fight Night 124, which takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

A women’s bantamweight fight between Irene Aldana (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Talita Bernardo (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has moved up from the UFC Fight Pass prelims to the FS1 card to take its place.

Cummings, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., was looking to maintain momentum with a third consecutive win following recent submission wins over Alexander Yakovlev and Nathan Coy.

Former welterweight title challenger Alves recently halted a two-fight skid with a decision victory over Patrick Cote this past April. A subsequent booking with Mike Perry was scrapped in September after Hurricane Irma forced Alves to pull out of the fight. (Alves talked about the struggles just getting to St. Louis in the video above.) Now his return is on hold yet again.

The UFC Fight Night 126 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Jeremy Stephens vs. Dooho Choi
  • Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Paige VanZant
  • Emil Meek vs. Kamaru Usman


    • Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson
    • James Krause vs. Alex White
    • Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
    • Irene Aldana vs. Talita Bernardo

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria
  • Guido Cannetti vs. Kyung Ho Kang
  • J.J. Aldrich vs. Danielle Taylor
  • Mads Burnell vs. Mike Santiago

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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