Weight cut concerns for Gilbert Burns have led to the cancellation of his proposed UFC on Fox 28 showdown with Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
The UFC announced the removal of the lightweight bout in a statement on Wednesday:
Saturday's UFC Fight Night bout between Gilbert Burns and Olivier Aubin-Mercier has been removed from the card at Amway Center in Orlando. Upon his arrival, the UFC medical team determined that it would be unsafe for Burns to cut additional weight necessary to meet the 156-pound limit. The card will proceed as scheduled with twelve fights.
Burns vs. Mercier was supposed to be the fifth bout on the UFC Fight Pass prelims, which were slated to begin at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. That start time will likely be pushed back approximately 30 minutes. It is unclear if the fight will be rescheduled for a later date.
Burns competed once in 2017, scoring a second-round knockout victory over Jason Saggo at UFC Fight Night 116 on Sept. 16. He recently signed a new four-fight contract with the Las Vegas-based promotion.
Aubin-Mercier has won his last three fights in the Octagon, besting Thibault Gouti, Drew Dober and Tony Martin in succession. The 28-year-old Canadian has finished eight of his 10 career victories by way of submission.