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Scratched! Illness cancels bout, shakes up UFC 273 fight card

UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik v Sakai Photo by Todd Lussier/Zuffa LLC

With the UFC 273 weigh ins already in the books and all fighters on the scale within the allotted two-hour window, I genuinely thought we made it to safety. Then, just like Ichabod Crane, BOOM! — flaming pumpkin right in the kisser. The April 9 fight card, scheduled for this Sat. night (April 9, 2022) inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., is now down to 12 bouts after losing a contest to illness.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Phoenix, Ariz., on Sat., May 7, 2022, with a blockbuster championship doubleheader. Headlining the pay-per-view (PPV) event will be Lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, seeking to defend his title against No. 1-ranked contender, Justin Gaethje. In UFC 274’s co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, looks to avenge her loss against No. 2-seeded, Carla Esparza. And top-ranked Lightweight contenders collide when Michael Chandler (No. 5) locks horns with Tony Ferguson (No. 7) in a fan-friendly 155-pound clash for the ages.

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UFC officials today confirmed that heavyweight veteran Marcin Tybura was ruled medically unfit to compete, forcing the promotion to cancel his UFC 273 “Prelims” battle against 265-pound power puncher Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

“Marcin is sick, there is nothing we can do,” Rozenstruick told his Instagram followers. “Hopefully we see him next time around. I talked with the UFC discussing what the available options are and you guys will hear soon.”

Tybura has yet to comment.

UFC 273 will be headlined by the featherweight title fight between reigning division champion Alexander Volkanovski and top 145-pound contender Chan Sung Jung. In the co-main event, current bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling defends his 135-pound strap against ex-division kingpin Petr Yan. Elsewhere on the card, former title challenger Gilbert Burns looks to derail the hype train of undefeated welterweight sensation Khamzat Chimaev.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 273 fight card on fight night, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” matches at 6 p.m. ET, followed by 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+.

For more news and notes on UFC 273 be sure to visit our comprehensive event archive right here. For the updated, revised, and finalized “Volkanovski vs. Korean Zombie” fight card and ESPN+ PPV lineup click here.