Bobby Green and Gillian Robertson Reveal the Reasons for their Fights Being Canceled at UFC 258

Published 02/13/2021, 10:40 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: (R-L) Bobby Green punches Thiago Moises of Brazil in a lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 258 has suffered its fair share of setbacks and the fighters in question who had to withdraw have spoken up. Chiefly, a main card lightweight scrap that was circled to produce fireworks, fell out right on weigh-in day. Bobby Green was supposed to take on Jim Miller, however, UFC President Dana White revealed that ‘King’ Green collapsed backstage.

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Additionally, hours before the event kicked off, the UFC canceled a highly anticipated scrap between Gillian Robertson and rising star Miranda Maverick. MMA Junkie reported that it was as Gillian Robertson suffered a non-COVID related illness. Hence, the UFC 258 fight card came in with a reduction to 10 fights overall with a 5-4-1 split across the main, preliminary, and early preliminary card.

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UFC 258 stars speak out on cancelation

Lightweight stalwart, Bobby Green, released a statement following the news that he had collapsed backstage. His absence from the fight card wasn’t ruled upon immediately and was initially placed under review. However, it’s clear that the underlying issues were significant enough to pull him out of his bout.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (R-L) Bobby Green punches Alan Patrick of Brazil in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Green said“There are three hills I have to get over in fighting. 1 giving blood I hate needles. 2 plans I hate heights. 3 the weight cut I was so close. … So to be clear I have air pockets in my lungs I guess and my kidneys failed I messed my back up in training I thought it was just pain from that. … Thanks for all the wonderful things you guys said. It’s crazy how (you) can get a lot of love but not the love (you) want if that makes any sense lol.”

It is unclear as to when Green or Miller will receive fresh opponents for the next UFC bout.

UFC 258: Gillian Robertson pulls back the curtains

Gillian Robertson also came out to let fans know what went down and shared her emotions after the cancelation. She expressed a great sense of disappointment, which is understandable considering the training that goes into fight preparation.

Her opponent also came out and sent her regards to Robertson.

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UFC 258 is expected to go down as planned as the fighters prepare themselves to put on a show. The marquee headliner in Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns certainly offers a meaningful element of intrigue considering the former teammates’ narrative. Additionally, Usman has a chance to surpass a record held by Georges St-Pierre with a win against ‘Durinho’ Burns.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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