It turns out UFC 216 couldn’t make it all the way to fight night without losing another bout.
UFC commentator Jon Anik confirmed on Saturday that the heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Fabricio Werdum has been pulled from Saturday’s card. The contest was slated to be the third bout on the pay-per-view lineup. According to multiple reports, Lewis was forced to pull out of the fight due to lingering back issues. Lewis initially referenced a lower back injury following a loss to Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110 on June 10.
Fabricio Werdum v. Derrick Lewis is off due to an injury to one of the fighters. First fight now 4PM PT. #UFC216— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) October 7, 2017
As a result of the cancellation, Werdum will instead square off against Walt Harris on the pay-per-view card, per a statement from the UFC. Harris was originally scheduled to face Mark Godbeer on the preliminary draw.
Both Lewis and Werdum made weight on Friday: “The Black Beast” checked in at 263.5 pounds, while Werdum tipped the scales at 247 pounds. Lewis vs. Werdum is the third UFC 216 fight to fall by the wayside: Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant (injury) and Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz (illness) were also canceled.
UFC 216 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by an interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.