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Brok Weaver won’t be making his UFC debut this weekend.

Weaver (14-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who earned a UFC deal with a memorable performance in the cage and on the mic during this past season of Dana White’s Contender Series, has been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s UFC on ESPN+ 19 event, MMA Junkie today confirmed with UFC officials.

A replacement is currently being sought to face Weaver’s intended opponent, fellow lightweight Thomas Gifford.

Gifford (17-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) made his UFC debut earlier this year, dropping a unanimous decision to Roosevelt Roberts in April at UFC on ESPN+ 8. The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for “The Young Lion.”

A timetable for Weaver’s return wasn’t immediately clear.

UFC on ESPN+ 19 takes place Saturday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The entire card streams live on ESPN+.

The latest UFC on ESPN+ 19 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Kron Gracie vs. Cub Swanson
  • Thomas Gifford vs. opponent TBA
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Ribas
  • Matt Frevola vs. Luis Pena
  • Eryk Anders vs. Gerald Meerschaert


  • Niko Price vs. James Vick
  • Devin Clark vs. Ryan Spann
  • Max Griffin vs. Alex Morono
  • Tim Elliott vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Hector Aldana vs. Miguel Baeza
  • Andrew Sanchez vs. Marvin Vettori
  • J.J. Aldrich vs. Lauren Mueller
  • Andre Ewell vs. Marlon Vera

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