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By David Tees on 2/1/2024 8:46 PM

Dominick Reyes was scheduled to battle Carlos Ulberg at UFC Fight Night Atlantic City, but Reyes would pull out of the bout and get replaced by Alonzo Menifield.

The fighter has now revealed that blood clots were the reason he withdrew from UFC Fight Night Atlantic City.

“God puts us through some trials, and I’m having another hard go right now,” Reyes told Middle Easy (transcript via Danny Segura of MMA Junkie). “Me and Carlos were slated to fight January 20th. He pulled out, I don’t know why. It’s an injury, obviously, but he’s not going to say what his injury is. And then a week later, I ended up getting blood clots. Deep vein thrombosis. So yeah, I’m out for a minute.”

Ulberg and Reyes were scheduled to meet for the first time at UFC 297, but it was Ulberg who pulled out of that fight.

Reyes, despite having to pull out of UFC Atlantic City, is happy the blood clots didn’t lead to any more serious health issues happening.

“I’m lucky to be alive right now, that’s always nice,” Reyes said. “We caught it early, so it didn’t become a pulmonary embolism, and thank God for that. Which is kind of crazy because I got a massage. My leg was hurting, and I thought I pulled a muscle in my calf, so I got a massage, and that’s the worst thing you can ever do. I’m lucky I didn’t die on that massage table right there.”