This weekends UFC 235 card will go on with one less bout because a bantamweight division encounter between Marlon Vera and Frankie Saenz has been pulled from the show.
Vera is suffering from an unspecified illness and was pulled from the card, while Saenz would also be pulled from the event because the UFC couldn’t find a replacement opponent in due time. The bout was scheduled for the UFC Fight Pass portion of the preliminary card and the event will now begin at 6:30pm EST., instead of the originally scheduled 6:15pm EST. The card will also move on with 12 fights instead of 13.
The following statement was issued by the UFC on the matter:
"Due to illness, Marlon Vera has been removed from his UFC 235 bout against Frankie Saenz. The UFC 235 card, which airs live on Pay-Per-View and is headlined by the light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Anthony Smith, will proceed as scheduled with 12 bouts."
UFC 235 takes place on Saturday, March 2 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Jon Jones and Anthony Smith headlining. Fightful is going to be providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.