UFC 212 is scheduled for June 3 at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena, and Silva was expected to co-headline the pay-per-view card against Gastelum. When the Kings MMA fighter was removed from he bout, the promotion tried to find a replacement, but failed to get a deal done.
"Following the April 6 removal of Kelvin Gastelum from his UFC 212 bout against Anderson Silva, UFC officials attempted to find a replacement to meet Silva on June 3,” read a statement released by the promotion on Thursday. "However an opponent was not secured to face the former middleweight champion on short notice, prompting his removal from the card at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"Due to Anderson Silva's withdrawal, customers may request a full refund of their purchased tickets until May 18, 2017."
“The Spider” changed his tone and criticized the UFC for the way the promotion handled the situation, and threatened to retire if he wasn’t given a fight with Yoel Romero for the interim belt. Romero agreed with the idea, but UFC president Dana White said that wasn’t an option shortly after.
With Silva-Gastelum out of the table, UFC 212 now includes 12 bouts. In the main event, featherweight champions Jose Aldo and Max Holloway will collide to see who remains at the top of the 145-pound division. In the co-main event, Claudia Gadelha faces Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway
Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt
Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros
Leonardo Santos vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Johnny Eduardo vs. Mathew Lopez
Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantara
Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Eric Spicely
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle
Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead