UFC Fight Night Reduced to 9 Fights as a Fight Gets Canceled

Published 09/04/2021, 12:31 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 16: Jonathan Martinez poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in on October 16, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Till suffered a setback after a bantamweight scrap between Jonathan Martinez and Marcelo Rojo was pulled from the card. The news came forth via ESPN Deportes and was confirmed by multiple sources with knowledge about the situation. Chiefly, it was ‘Dragon’ Martinez who was forced to withdraw from the contest due to complications with his weight cut.

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He missed weight by two pounds for the aforementioned bout against Rojo and, as is the case quite often, was forced to withdraw. Marcelo Rojo will have to leave his win bonus on the table and walk away with his show money for making weight. The aforementioned cancelation means UFC Vegas 36 will now host 9 fights across the main card and preliminary card.

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Furthermore, this isn’t the first time that Jonathan Martinez has missed weight in recent memory. He missed weight back in August 2020 by a whopping 4.5 pounds and had to fight at featherweight for his next bout in October. He’s now coming off a loss and will want to re-orient his weight-cutting process for his next appearance.

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Derek Brunson vs Darren Till: What can we expect?

The scrap between Brunson and Till is a clash between the number 5 ranked contender against the number 7 ranked contender. The middleweight division is rather repetitive at the top as Israel Adesanya has already faced a majority of the contender. In fact, Till is one of the few fresh faces at the top of the division.

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The Last Stylebender’ has expressed an interest to fight Till and the fans would love to see them engage in a striking battle. However, the grizzly veteran in Brunson is ready to step in and play spoiler to such a plan. Arguably the best chain wrestler in the division, Derek Brunson has the tools to drown Till in uncomfortable waters.

The bout is a classic striker vs grappler contest and it all boils down to who can impost their overall game more. Given his four-fight win streak, it’s safe to say that Brunson enters the contest with momentum on his side.

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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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