A lightweight bout between Quebec’s Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Brazilian Gilbert Burns has been removed from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event in Orlando, Fla., due to a Burns weight issue.
FloCombat was first to report the bout cancellation. According to MMAFighting, Burns weighed 186 pounds upon arrival in Orlando earlier this week, meaning he would’ve been required to shed 30 pounds prior to Friday’s weigh-ins.
The UFC released the following statement Wednesday: “Upon his arrival, the UFC medical team determined that it would be unsafe for Burns to cut additional weight necessary to meet the 156-pound limit. The card will proceed as scheduled with twelve fights.”
Lightweight fights are contested between 146-155 pounds but for non-title fights competitors are given a one-pound allowance so they can weigh as much as 156 pounds the day prior to the fight.
The UFC is working to rebook each fighter for future events.
Aubin-Mercier is riding a three-fight winning streak and boasts a 6-1 record in the UFC’s lightweight division.
Burns, who has successfully made weight for each of his seven UFC matchups, is coming off a huge knockout win over Canadian Jason Saggo this past September.
UFC Orlando is headlined by featherweight contenders Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett. Here’s a look at the up-to-date fight card.
— Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens
— Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres
— Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ilir Latifi
— Mike Perry vs. Max Griffin
— Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher
— Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau
— Angela Hill vs. Maryna Moroz
— Ben Saunders vs. Alan Jouban
— Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
— Rani Yahya vs. Russell Doane
— Eric Shelton vs. Alex Perez
— Albert Morales vs. Manny Bermudez