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Yet another fight gets yanked from UFC 258 lineup

COVID, non-COVID illness, bad weight cut, there are so many reasons why UFC 258’s lineup has taken a hit.

Just hours before UFC 258 kicks off, news of one more cancelled fight has surfaced.

Women’s flyweight submission specialist Gillian Robertson won’t be fighting Miranda Maverick tonight due to a non-COVID related illness. This matchup was scheduled to be the preliminary card opener but now it won’t happen at all.

It’s been one hell of a week just for this card alone. We began on Monday with the usual full slate of 13 bouts, but then Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera was postponed due to Rivera’s positive COVID-19 test, Bobby Green collapsed after the weigh-ins on Friday and his fight with Jim Miller was obviously scratched, and now we have Robertson vs. Maverick off the card.

So we’re down to 10 fights. Maybe. There’s still time.

Main Card (ESPN+ pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight Championship: Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns

Flyweight: Maycee Barber vs. Alexa Grasso

Middleweight: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Ian Heinisch

Middleweight: Maki Pitolo vs. Julian Marquez

Featherweight: Ricky Simon vs. Brian Kelleher

Preliminary Card (ESPN+ , ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Rodolfo Vieira vs. Anthony Hernandez

Welterweight: Belal Muhammad vs. Dhiego Lima

Strawweight: Polyana Viana vs. Mallory Martin

Catchweight (140 lbs): Andre Ewell vs. Chris Gutierrez

Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+ , 7:30 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Gabriel Green vs. Philip Rowe