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20 Mar, 2021 10:38

‘I’m in great shape’: Female UFC ace who collapsed twice at weigh-in before her bout was canned says she would have fought (VIDEO)

‘I’m in great shape’: Female UFC ace who collapsed twice at weigh-in before her bout was canned says she would have fought (VIDEO)

UFC fighter Julija Stoliarenko has apologized to her opponent and said she is "very upset" at not being allowed to compete following worrying scenes at her fight weigh-in, where she collapsed twice before being stretchered away.

Former Invicta FC champion Stoliarenko stood on the scales at the ceremony ahead of her bantamweight fight with Julia Avila, only to step shakily away from the podium as shocked officials rushed to help after she sank to the floor.

Having swiftly returned to her feet, the experienced Lithuanian jiu-jitsu specialist then collapsed for a second time, eventually being set on a stretcher and carried out.

“I want to explain what happened at the weigh-in," said the 27-year-old after her bout was canceled, with the Nevada Athletic Commission declining to comment, according to UFC sources.

"The problem wasn’t weight loss. In fact, it was one of the lightest weight races in my career.

"The kilograms went away quickly. The problem was, I put on the right weight too early

"A lot of time passed between this moment and the weighing, and my body was already at the limit of dehydration, so that was the point."

'Panda' Avila said: "Speedy recovery, fellow Julia. Your health comes first and hopefully we see each other at another date. Prayers, sister."

Stoliarenko insisted that she would have been ready to proceed. "I am very upset because I feel ready to fight," she told her thousands of Instagram followers.

"I'm in good shape, I know I can fight. But the Athletic Commission did not allow me to fight, as they care about the fighters.

"Of course, the situation looked terrible, and the UFC also cares about their fighters.

"I just want to apologize to the UFC and Julia Avilla. I hope we meet in the future.

"I was so well prepared, I am in great shape. I am very sorry that I cannot demonstrate my degree of readiness."

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