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UFC on FOX 28 loses lightweight bout following ‘unsafe’ weight cut

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We’re still two days out from the official UFC on FOX 28 weigh ins, but that hasn’t stopped the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion from yanking a scheduled lightweight scrap over a potentially unsafe weight cut.

Gilbert Burns will not be allowed to compete this Saturday night (Feb. 24, 2018), where he was expected to meet Olivier Aubin-Mercier in the UFC on FOX 28 “Prelims” on Fight Pass inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

That’s according to a report from Flo Combat.

“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,” UFC said in its official release. “The card will proceed as scheduled with twelve fights.”

No word yet on whether or not either competitor will receive their “show” money after being yanked from the line up, or rebooked for a future fight card. Expect that announcement in the next few days.

To see the revised UFC on FOX 28 fight card and line up click here.