UFC 266 Update: Fiorot vs. Bueno Silva Scratched; Brundage Replaces Roberson

By: Tristen Critchfield
Sep 23, 2021

The UFC 266 card has undergone a couple of changes.

A proposed flyweight clash pitting Manon Fiorot against Mayra Bueno Silva has been canceled after Fiorot and her team tested positive for COVID-19. ESPN Deportes was first to report the news. According to MMAjunkie.com, Fiorot vs. Bueno Silva is expected to be rebooked for the UFC’s Oct. 16 event.

Meanwhile, Karl Roberson announced his withdrawal from a middleweight bout against Nick Maximov due to “medical issues.” As a result, Cody Brundage will step in and face Maximov at UFC 266. MMA DNA first brought word of the new pairing. In a video posted on Instagram, Roberson attributed his exit from the card to a difficult weight cut.

“These weight cuts really don’t agree with me any more,” Roberson said. “I’m pretty sure I f—ed my body up from cutting weight wrong early in my career. So for a y’all f—-ers who think this s—t won’t catch up with you, pay attention, because it will.”

Last year, Roberson pulled out of a proposed bout against Marvin Vettori at UFC Fight Night 171 after falling ill at weigh-ins.

UFC 266 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night and will currently proceed with 13 fights. The card is headlined by a featherweight title tilt between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega.

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