An expected battle between two ex-middleweights at 170 pounds has been scrapped from the fight card of UFC London.
Jack Marshman has been pulled from his scheduled preliminary card fight against Brad Scott just two days out from UFC London for precautionary reasons due to concerns over his weight cut. MMA Fighting confirmed the news Thursday following an initial report by MMA Junkie.
Marshman (22-7), a 28-year-old Welshman who is 2-2 over his four Octagon appearances, has never before competed at 170 pounds.
Scott (11-5) was looking to make his return to the welterweight division for the first time since a 2012 run to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.
Marshman’s manager, Graham Boylan, told MMA Fighting’s Peter Carroll that Marshman hopes to have the fight rescheduled as soon as possible.
“As with all athletes the weight cut is something that can go wrong no matter how experienced you are in this game,” Boylan told MMA Fighting. “Hopefully we can get this fight rescheduled ASAP. He’s not the first and he won’t be the last. These things happen all we can do is learn from it. Jack would like to send his apologies to Brad and the fans.”
Boylan added that the weight of a rescheduled contest is ultimately up to the UFC, however Marshman hopes it to still be at 170 pounds.
UFC London takes place March 17 at The O2 Arena in London, England. The card airs live on UFC Fight Pass and is headlined by a heavyweight matchup between Fabricio Werdum and former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov.
With Marshman vs. Scott scratched, UFC London will proceed as an 11-fight card.
An updated UFC London card can be seen below.
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass, 5 p.m. ET)
Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexander Volkov
Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Terrion Ware
Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass, 1:45 p.m. ET)
Charles Byrd vs. John Phillips
Danny Roberts vs. Oliver Enkamp
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Danny Henry
Paul Craig vs. Magomed Ankalaev
Kajan Johnson vs. Stevie Ray
Mark Godbeer vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Nad Narimani