CAGE-fighter Andy Ogle looks set to be out of action until the autumn after being ruled out of one last bout on US reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter Live.
The North Tynesider has been in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) house in Las Vegas since March vying for his big break.
The 23-year-old was knocked out of the running for the show’s top prize, a £1m UFC contract, after losing his quarter-final fight against Al Iaquinta a week ago last Friday, but he had been due to fight again tomorrow during the show’s finale.
He won’t be all fight on the night after all, though, as he was ruled out of a televised last hurrah for medical reasons.
Andy, of Tynemouth, will still leave the show a winner, though, as UFC president Dana White has signed him and the show’s other 15 cast members up to exclusive contracts.
His mum Jan, a nurse, said: “He lost in the first round. The fight was stopped after four-and a half minutes after a heavy blow to his temple.
“It means he’s now out of the running for the money. He was obviously very disappointed, but his run was clearly at an end.
“We were all very sad. I just thought he would bring himself up again.
“He was gutted, but he’s made everybody so proud.”
The mixed martial artist has been confirmed to make a return to the UK featherweight division and will fight on a UFC card in Nottingham in September.