Just a few hours before the fight, Jessica Aguilar was withdrawn from her fight against Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 131.
Team representatives for Aguilar (19-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Esquibel (6-9) 3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) confirmed the news to MMAjunkie after an initial report by Jordan Sherwood of ESPN Radio on Twitter . UFC officials subsequently made a formal announcement of the cancellation of the fight, although no specific reasons were given.
"Due to a medical problem related to straw athlete Jessica Aguilar, the New York State Athletic Commission canceled her scheduled fight against Jodie Esquibel." the statement says. "Tonight UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RIVERA VS. The MORAES card will proceed with 12 bouts, starting at 6:55 pm ET / 3:55 pm PT."
According to Ariel Helwani of MMAfighting.com in Twitter The New York State Athletic Commission requested additional medical authorization on Thursday for Aguilar, and received it. But today, the commission allegedly decided to scrap the fight despite the thumb raised the previous day.
Aguilar coach and cornerback Din Thomas said that cracked lips were the culprits, confirming a report on Twitter of Helwani.  "(Thursday), the commission doctor saw his lips and thought it might have been some kind of infection," Thomas told MMAjunkie through a text message. "She was quickly taken to a dermatologist as soon as she got off the scale, the dermatologist said nothing was wrong and she freed her to fight, gave her a note from the doctor and everything." Today, the commission doctor saw her and told her that I could not fight. "
After tonight's event began, Aguilar posted a statement on social media giving his version of the story and expressing his disappointment with the commission's decision (via Instagram):
Hi guys ! Here is a small update on the BS that fell today just before my fight. I'm super disappointed and with a broken heart, this is the second consecutive fight canceled. I want to clarify things. The commission had a concern regarding my lips and my use of lipstick during the physical examination before weighing, so they requested that a dermatologist authorize me. Then, just after the weighing, the commission rushed me to obtain the authorization that the dermatologist granted me. But tonight, in the arena, the commission attacked again and canceled the fight. You can not reason with this commission, it feels a bit personal. I hope that @UFC will re-book our fight as soon as possible.
UFC Fight Night 131 takes place tonight at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y. The event airs in FS1 after the preliminaries in UFC Fight Pbad. Aguilar vs. Esquibel closed the preliminaries in Fight Pbad.
The former WSOF champion Aguilar, who occupies ninth place in the weight ranking of the TODAY Sports / MMAjunkie MMA players in the USA. UU., It was a welcome addition to the UFC roster in 2015, but since then it has struggled with injuries and losses. The 35-year-old Mexican veteran saw her 10-fight winning streak with the UFC defeats against Claudia Gadelha and Cortney Casey, both by decision.
Esquibel is a 31-year-old Invicta FC fighter who joined the UFC after a 4-2 run with the promotion of all women. After her defeat in the elimination round against Ashley Yoder in "The Ultimate Fighter 23" in 2016, Esquibel made her promotional debut. He suffered a tough test and suffered a defeat by unanimous decision against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, No. 5, last October.
UFC Fight Night 131 now includes:
MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 pm ET)
- Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes
- Gregor Gillespie vs. Vinc Pichel
- Walt Harris vs. Daniel Spitz
- Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders
- Julio Arce vs. Daniel Teymur
- Sam Alvey vs. Gian Villante
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 pm Eastern Time)
- Sijara Eubanks vs. Lauren Murphy
- Nik Lentz vs. David Teymur
- Belal Muhammad vs. Chance Rencountre
- Desmond Green vs. Gleison Tibau  PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pbad, 6:55 pm ET)
- Johnny Eduardo vs. Nathaniel Wood
- Jarred Brooks vs. José Torres
For more information on UFC Fight Night 131, see the UFC Rumors section of the site.