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Justin Willis (Sherdog)

Justin Willis (Sherdog)

It wouldn’t be a big fight weekend if there wasn’t some sort of last-minute controversy.

During today’s weigh-ins for UFC 208, the UFC announced that heavyweight Justin Willis was deemed “medically unfit to compete” by the New York State Athletic Commission.

Willis was scheduled to fight Marcin Tybura on the UFC FIGHT PASS show, which was announced on Tuesday. Tybura was supposed to face Luis Henrique, who had to pull out due to concerns related to corrective eye surgery he had a year ago. Willis then took his place, until a few hours ago. Tybura weighed in at 245.4 pounds and will receive his show money for making weight.

After the announcement was made, Willis took to Facebook and stated:

“…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.”

No further information has been provided. The new early weigh-in rule that the UFC follows makes it easier for fighters to prepare before the bout after going through the strenuous process of making weight. Willis’ issue seems to be a result of something entirely different.

The rest of the fighters all made weight, giving the card 11 total bouts for Saturday. UFC 208 will be held inside the Barclays Center. Coverage for the event will start at 6:30pm with the FIGHT PASS prelims. The FS1 prelims then start at 8pm before the main card is LIVE on PPV at 10pm.

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