Roberson Out Of UFC Jacksonville Due To Medical Issue

The UFC’s latest event taking place tonight, May 13 will be going on without one fight. Karl Roberson will not be competing against Marvin Vettori as planned. The former is off the card as a result of weight-related, non-COVID-19 issues.

ESPN was the first to report the news. The UFC then released the following statement:

“Due to medical issues unrelated to COVID-19 after his weight cut, Karl Roberson has been pulled from his Wednesday bout with Marvin Vettori at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.”

Roberson (9-2) missed weight yesterday when he came in at 187.5 pounds, over the middleweight limit. He is on a two-fight win streak, and 4-2 in his last six fights. There is an option for Roberson to move weight divisions, but it is unknown if that transition will happen.

Vettori (14-4-1) made weight for the fight at 185. He is on a two-fight win streak and is 3-1-1 in his last five fights. This is not the first time Vettori had a bout nixed at the last minute. He was originally set to face off against Darren Stewart at UFC London last month, but the event was one of several postponed as a result of the coronavirus. The 26-year-old was recently compensated by the UFC for his troubles.

Due to Roberson missing weight, Vettori was meant to take 20% of his purse.

Here is the updated card for UFC Jacksonville/UFC on ESPN+ 29: 

UFC Jacksonville Main card (9 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

Anthony Smith v. Glover Teixeira

Ovince Saint Preux v. Ben Rothwell

Alexander Hernandez v. Drew Dober

Ray Borg v. Ricky Simon

UFC Jacksonville Prelims (6 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

Andrei Arlovski v. Philipe Lins

Michael Johnson v. Thiago Moises

Sijara Eubanks v. Sarah Moras

Gabriel Benitez v. Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer

Hunter Azure v. Brian Kelleher

Chase Sherman v. Isaac Villanueva

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