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Austin Hubbard's leg was 'cut open' due to swelling after UFC on ESPN+ 16 win

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Austin Hubbard didn’t get much time to celebrate his victory at UFC on ESPN+ 16 before being rushed into surgery.

Following his unanimous decision win over Kyle Prepolec (12-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Hubbard (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had some swelling in his leg that was well beyond the norm.

The irregular swelling was so severe, in fact, that Hubbard was taken to a local hospital where he underwent a procedure to relieve the pain. He revealed the news on social media, along with a post-op photo (via <a href="

Well not exactly the way I wanted to spend my night celebrating. Had to have surgery last night due to the swelling in my leg was so bad it make me pass out which then I was taken to the hospital and had to have my leg cut open to relieve the swelling 🙄

Following the win, which was his first under the UFC banner, Hubbard said he was targeting a turnaround this year. He named UFC on ESPN 7 on Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C., as his desired fight date, but it’s unknown whether the surgery will postpone his timeline to return to the octagon.

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