Following an initial report by MMA Today, Jouban took to social media to reveal the unfortunate news on Thursday. It is understood that Jouban’s opponent, Roberts, will stay on the card and the UFC will seek a replacement.
FIGHT CANCELLED! Well, if you didn’t already know I had to cancel my fight next weekend due to injury. Looks like a bulged disc in my neck but won’t know for certain till the MRI. Sorry folks. Believe me, I wanted nothing more than to roll into Germany and steal the damn show with with a crazy ass fight and fly home with a bonus in my pocket. But just wasn’t meant to be this time. As soon as I’m good to go, I do plan on getting right back to where I left off and taking the quickest fight I can find. Still have goals to meet this year and that’s not changing. Just gonna take a little longer, but still gonna get there.
Jouban (16-6) last fought at UFC on Fox 28 in February when he defeated Ben Saunders by second round KO. “Brahma” had dropped consecutive defeats for the first time in his MMA career before that win, being finished by Niko Price and Gunnar Nelson.
After winning his first two UFC fights, Roberts (15-3) suffered his first loss for the promotion against Mike Perry at UFC 204 in October 2016. Since then, “Hot Chocolate” has gone 2-1 in his last three fights, picking up knockout victories over Oliver Enkamp and Bobby Nash.
UFC Hamburg takes place on Sunday, July 22nd, at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The event will be headlined by a light heavyweight contest between Mauricio Rua and Anthony Smith.