UFC on ESPN 3: Chas Skelly says he’s injured, out of Jordan Griffin fight in Minneapolis

Chas Skelly’s hope for his first win in nearly two and a half years apparently will have to wait.

Skelly (17-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) on Monday said an injury has knocked him out of his UFC on ESPN 3 featherweight fight against Jordan Griffin (17-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC officials have not made a formal announcement, and it is not yet known if Griffin will remain on the card against a new opponent.

UFC on ESPN 3 takes place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis. The entire card airs on ESPN.

“Sorry to say I won’t be fighting June 29,” Skelly posted on Twitter. “Unfortunately, I took an injury that prevented me from training and ultimately performing. I hate pulling from fights, but it was the right decision. I will be back to full health in July. Hopefully, fighting soon after.”

Skelly was looking to bounce back from consecutive stoppage losses Jason Knight and Bobby Moffett. After winning six of seven fights, including five finishes, Skelly was stopped with a third-round TKO by Knight at UFC 211 a little more than two years ago. He was out for a year and a half, then returned in November 2011, but was submitted by Moffett in the second round at UFC Fight Night 139.

The 34-year-old started his pro career with an 11-0 record, including wins for Bellator and Legacy FC, before getting the call from the UFC. He lost his promotional debut to Mirsad Bektic in 2014, but then went on his run with five victories in six fights. The only loss came to Darren Elkins.

Griffin got his shot at the UFC in 2018 with a submission win over Maurice Mitchell at Dana White’s Contender Series. But in his first official UFC bout, he dropped a unanimous decision to Dan Ige at UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee this past December. It was his first loss in 40 months.

With the change, the latest UFC on ESPN 3 lineup now includes:


  • Francis Ngannou vs. Junior Dos Santos
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga
  • Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin
  • Drew Dober vs. Marco Polo Reyes
  • Vinc Pichel vs. Roosevelt Robertsv
  • Paul Craig vs. Alonzo Menifield


  • Sergio Pettis vs. Ricardo Ramos
  • Eryk Anders vs. Vinicius Moreira
  • Jordan Griffin vs. TBA
  • Jared Gordon vs. Dan Moret
  • Justin Ledet vs. Dalcha Lungiambula
  • Amanda Ribas vs. Emily Whitmire
  • Junior Albini vs. Maurice Greene

For more on UFC on ESPN 3, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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