Damonte Robinson Pulled from Contender Series Bout vs. Kenneth Cross

By: Tristen Critchfield
Aug 4, 2020
It’s been a rough day for Dana White’s Contender Series hopeful Damonte Robinson.

After missing weight earlier in the day at 156.5 pounds, Robinson has been removed from his bout with Kenneth Cross due to an unrelated medical issue. According to MMA journalist James Lynch, Robinson was not cleared by doctors due to an “eye issue.”

As a result, the lightweight fight has been canceled and Week 1 of Contender Series will proceed with four bouts. The card takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Tuesday and streams on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The evening’s featured matchup is a light heavyweight tilt pitting Dustin Jacoby against Ty Flores.

Robinson entered the Contender Series with a 6-1-1 mark that includes a loss to UFC talent Devonte Smith in 2017. He is currently riding the momentum of a two-bout winning streak.

Cross, meanwhile, was originally supposed to face Kevin Syler at the event before Syler tested positive for COVID-19. Cross owns a 10-3 professional mark and has won his last four appearances by first-round TKO.

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