Just hours before the curtain is drawn on UFC 187, the star-studded lineup took a last-second hit. The strawweight scrap between Rose Namajunas (pictured) and Nina Ansaroff was canceled after doctors refused to clear an ill Ansaroff.
“After contracting a case of the flu, UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff has been deemed medically unfit by doctors to compete in her UFC 187 bout against Rose Namajunas on Saturday night,” the UFC expressed in a statement.
This explains why Ansaroff clocked 120 pounds on the scale Friday, missing weight by four whopping pounds. The bout was then changed to a 120-pound catchweight contest, with Namajunas scoring 20 percent of Ansaroff’s purse as a penalty.
No word if either fighter will be paid their show money.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
(UFC Fight Pass 7PM ET/4PM PT)
Justin Scoggins vs. Joshua Sampo
Islam Makhachev vs. Leo Kuntz
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer
Rafael Natal vs. Uriah Hall
Josh Burkman vs. Dong Hyun Kim
John Dodson vs. Zach Makovski
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga
Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne
Donald Cerrone vs. John Makdessi
Vitor Belfort vs. Chris Weidman (UFC middleweight champion)
Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier (for vacant UFC light heavyweight title)