Brok Weaver won’t be making his UFC debut this weekend.
Weaver (14-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who earned a UFC deal with a memorable performance in the cage and on the mic during this past season of Dana White’s Contender Series, has been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s UFC on ESPN+ 19 event, MMA Junkie today confirmed with UFC officials.
A replacement is currently being sought to face Weaver’s intended opponent, fellow lightweight Thomas Gifford.
Gifford (17-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) made his UFC debut earlier this year, dropping a unanimous decision to Roosevelt Roberts in April at UFC on ESPN+ 8. The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for “The Young Lion.”
A timetable for Weaver’s return wasn’t immediately clear.
UFC on ESPN+ 19 takes place Saturday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The entire card streams live on ESPN+.
The latest UFC on ESPN+ 19 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson
Kron Gracie vs. Cub Swanson
Thomas Gifford vs. opponent TBA
Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Ribas
Matt Frevola vs. Luis Pena
Eryk Anders vs. Gerald Meerschaert
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
Niko Price vs. James Vick
Devin Clark vs. Ryan Spann
Max Griffin vs. Alex Morono
Tim Elliott vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
Hector Aldana vs. Miguel Baeza
Andrew Sanchez vs. Marvin Vettori
J.J. Aldrich vs. Lauren Mueller
Andre Ewell vs. Marlon Vera
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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