Breaking: UFC 287 fight gets called off due to a medical emergency

UFC 287 poster [Photo credit: @ufc - Twitter]
UFC 287 poster [Photo credit: @ufc - Twitter]

It appears as though one fight at UFC 287 has been scrapped from the event.

The promotion announced that the heavyweight bout between Karl Williams and Chase Sherman has been called off due to a medical emergency. Sherman was forced off due to an illness and because of the timing, there wasn't enough time to find a replacement, so the bout was scrapped.

The heavyweight clash was set to take place on the prelims portion of the event. Sherman was initially scheduled to fight Chris Barnett, however, Barnett pulled out of the fight and was replaced by Williams. According to MMA Junkie, Williams will still be getting his fight purse after stepping in on short notice.

It was an important fight for Sherman as he looked to bounce back from his loss to Waldo Cortes-Acosta. Prior to the loss, 'The Vanilla Gorilla' snapped his 4-fight losing skid with an impressive third-round TKO win over Jared Vanderaa and earned a Performance of the Night bonus.

Williams, on the other hand, is currently riding a 5-fight winning streak that includes his unanimous decision win over Jimmy Lawson on Dana White's Contender Series to earn a UFC contract and unanimous decision win over Lukasz Brzeski in his promotional debut.

Which fights are scheduled for the UFC 287 main card?

UFC 287 takes place at the Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida, and features an entertaining lineup for the main card.

The promotion's youngest fighter, Raul Rosas Jr. will look to remain unbeaten in his career as he takes on Christian Rodriguez in the opening bout. Kevin Holland and Santiago Ponzinibbio will battle in a welterweight clash and Rob Font takes on Adrian Yanez in a bantamweight bout.

In the co-main event, hometown hero Jorge Masvidal will look to snap his 3-fight losing skid when he takes on No.5 ranked welterweight Gilbert Burns in a bout that could get the winner closer to another title shot. Middleweight champion Alex Pereira will look to put a definitive end to his rivalry with Israel Adesanya in the main event as they compete for the fourth time in their combat sports careers.

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Edited by Micah Curtis
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