One day after Bobby Green was removed from UFC 258 for collapsing at weigh ins (details HERE) women’s flyweight contender Gillian Robertson has withdrawn from her “Prelims” clash with Miranda Maverick with just hours left before showtime.
Per a report by ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, Robertson has been forced out of her 125-pound scrap with Maverick due to an illness non-related to COVID-19. Given the timing of Robertson’s withdrawal the promotion will be unable to find a replacement opponent for Maverick.
The scheduled UFC 258 matchup between Gillian Robertson and Miranda Maverick is off, per the UFC. Robertson has a non-COVID-related illness and has withdrawn.— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) February 13, 2021
Robertson, 25, is coming off a decision loss to Taila Santos back in December. Before that, “Savage” captured 2020 victories over Poliana Botelho and Cortney Casey. She will have to heal up before she returns to the cage in 2021, which may or may not still come against Maverick.
Robertson released the following statement via social media to address her removal:
“Heartbroken is the only way to describe it . After a great camp and an easy weight cut I unfortunately woke up this morning at 4 am vomiting and my condition has yet to improve. So for the first time in my career my team has decided it would be best to pull myself from this fight. My greatest apologies to Miranda, I know how much you put into this and it would be an honor to share the octogon with you in the future. Im sorry to everyone im letting down, My team, my fans and the UFC I wish I could have preformed for you tonight.”
After the cancelation of Robertson vs. Maverick the updated UFC 258 fight card looks like the following:
UFC 258 PPV Main Event On ESPN+:
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns
UFC 258 PPV Main Card On ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET):
125 lbs.: Maycee Barber vs. Alexa Grasso
185 lbs.: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Ian Heinisch
185 lbs.: Julian Marquez vs. Maki Pitolo
145lbs.: Brian Kelleher vs Ricky Simon
UFC 258 Prelims Card On ESPN/ESPN+ (8 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Anthony Hernandez vs. Rodolfo Vieira
170 lbs.: Dhiego Lima vs. Belal Muhammad
140 lbs.: Andre Ewell vs. Chris Gutierrez
115 lbs.: Mallory Martin vs. Polyana Viana
UFC 258 Early Prelims Card On ESPN+ (7:30 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Gabe Green vs. Phil Rowe
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 258 fight card tomorrow night, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches at 7:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.