The Brazilian bantamweight was scheduled to fight Jessica-Rose Clark in the preliminary portion of the pay-per-view card in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 11, but Melissa Gatto has stepped up after an injury sidelined Clark. MMA Fighting confirmed a report from Combate with multiple sources.
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News is out. I’m out of #UFC237 officially. An accident in sparring resulted in the ligaments in my right foot snapping. So my next steps are ~ sexy boot ~ surgery ~ sexy boot ~ recovery ~ fight. My sincerest apologies to @talitabernardomma ~ I really hope we get to run this later in the year. Apologies to @mickmaynard2 and @ufc , I’m going to do everything I can to rehab and recover as quick as possible. I’ve had a few days to accept it and all I can do now is get on my grind as best as possible. Big thank you to @heatherlinden for helping me organize medicals. Thank you @chelsearaemma for holding down the fort. Thank you to @bo.sandoval for coming up with a dope program whilst I can’t put weight on my right foot. And biggest thank you of all to @ty_gwerder for taking care of me 24/7 and making sure my days are filled with love instead of allowing me to spiral into devastation. I love you. I’ll be back and kicking soon!
Gatto (6-0-2) fought for the last time in Sept. 2018, submitting Karolline Rosa at Cris Cyborg’s MMA event in Brazil. The 23-year-old prospect scored four of her professional wins by first-round submission.
Bernardo (6-3) had a rough start in the UFC, losing back-to-back decisions to Marion Reneau and Irene Aldana, but bounced back with a decision victory over Sarah Moras last October. Like Gatto, Bernardo’s MMA record includes four first-round submission wins.
The updated fight card can be seen below.
Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade
Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski
Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann
Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana
Thiago Alves vs. Laureano Staropoli
B.J. Penn x Clay Guida
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Diego Ferreira
Raoni Barcelos vs. Said Nurmagomedov
Talita Bernardo vs. Melissa Gatto
Thiago Moises vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Warlley Alves vs. Sergio Moraes
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina