Justin Willis Deemed Medically Unfit to Fight, UFC 208 Bout vs. Marcin Tybura Canceled

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 10, 2017


The UFC 208 lineup is down to 11 bouts after losing a heavyweight fight at Friday morning’s weigh-ins.

According to a statement from the promotion, Justin Willis was ruled medically unfit to fight, and his matchup with Marcin Tybura was pulled from the card. Willis had replaced Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira on short notice earlier in the week. The UFC confirmed that Tybura, who weighed in at 245.4 pounds, will receive his show money for the event.

Tybura vs. Willis was scheduled to take place on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed portion of the preliminary card.

“Hey everyone, I want you to hear from me first, 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,” Willis wrote on his Facebook page. “I will be back in the UFC with a full camp very soon. Thank you to everyone at the UFC, all of their staff have been great. I want the same opponent or anybody else will suffice. I will be ready. God Bless.”

The 29-year-old Willis is 4-1 as a professional and last competed at World Series of Fighting 31 in June, when he scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Juliano Coutinho.

UFC 208 takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night and is headlined by a clash between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural women’s featherweight title.

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