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Justin Willis pulled from UFC 208: ‘My body shut down during the weight cut’

UFC newcomer Justin Willis will not be able to fight Marcin Tybura at UFC 208.

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The official UFC 208 weigh-ins are already complete, and while 23 of the 24 fighters made weight, the one fighter who didn’t make the mark has been pulled from the event altogether. MMA Fighting confirmed on Friday that heavyweight Justin Willis, who was slated to face Marcin Tybura on the Fight Pass preliminary card, was deemed by the UFC as medically unfit to compete. Willis accepted the fight on short notice in place of Luis Henrique, whom the NYSAC removed from the event due to his eye surgery.

Willis has since written this statement on Facebook explaining what happened, and why he’s no longer on the card.

“Hey everyone, I want you to hear from me first, I did everything I could to make weight for the fight this weekend but due to the short notice my body shut down during the weight cut and the UFC doctors wouldn't clear me to fight. I will be back in the UFC with a full camp very soon. Thank you to everyone at the UFC, all of their staff have been great. I want the same opponent or anybody else will suffice. I will be ready. God Bless.”

While Tybura will also no longer be competing on Saturday’s card in Brooklyn, New York, the UFC said that he will be paid his show money.

UFC 208 will proceed with 11 bouts, with Phillipe Nover vs. Rick Glenn serving as the new featured Fight Pass prelim.