Officials announced the withdrawal on Friday. Cummings was scheduled to fight veteran Thiago Alves on the televised preliminary portion of Sunday’s card at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. A women’s bantamweight bout between Irene Aldana and Talita Bernardo has been moved up from the Fight Pass prelims to replace the Cummings-Alves encounter.
Responding to a comment on Twitter, Cummings said his injury was due to slipping and injuring his head:
I’m absolutely fucking devastated right now. This one of the best cuts I’ve ever had and slipped while moving from the tub to the ground and cracked my fucking skull on a handrail. I’ve missed most of my 3 months olds entire life! You disgust me
— Zak Cummings (@ZakCummings) January 13, 2018
The Ultimate Fighter 17 alum was looking to win his third straight bout and fifth in his last six. Alves, a one-time UFC welterweight title challenger, was also coming off of a win, having defeated Patrick Cote by unanimous decision last April.
UFC Fight Night 124 will proceed with 12 bouts. See the updated card below.