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Carlos Ulberg Withdraws from UFC 303: Anthony Smith Awaits New Opponent

Carlos Ulberg Withdraws from UFC 303
Carlos Ulberg

UFC 303 has faced yet another shakeup as Carlos Ulberg has been removed from his scheduled fight against Anthony Smith. This marks the third change to the matchup originally set for June 29.

The initial fight card had to be altered when Khalil Rountree was pulled due to a positive drug test, leading to Ulberg stepping in as a replacement. Now, with Ulberg out for undisclosed reasons, the UFC is in search of another last-minute substitute.

Benny P on Twitter first reported Ulberg’s withdrawal, and multiple sources confirmed the news. Anthony Smith, known as "Lionheart," remains on the card and awaits confirmation of his new opponent. The frontrunner for the spot is currently ranked middleweight contender Roman Dolidze, though the matchup is still under discussion and has not been finalized.

Smith, a one-time title challenger, has shown resilience and adaptability throughout his UFC career. He stepped in on just over two weeks’ notice to replace Jamahal Hill, who had to withdraw due to an injury. Smith's recent performance has been impressive; he pulled off a significant upset submission victory against the previously undefeated Vitor Petrino at UFC 301 in May.

Ulberg's sudden withdrawal continues a trend of disruptions for the June 29 event. The light heavyweight clash between Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka, however, remains the headlining fight, promising an exciting rematch for the championship.

Despite the changes, Anthony Smith stays focused and ready for any challenge. “Lionheart” has always been a fighter who thrives under pressure and short notice. His fans eagerly await to see who he will face next in the Octagon.

As the UFC scrambles to find a replacement for Ulberg, the anticipation builds for what promises to be an action-packed night. Stay tuned for updates on who will step in to face Smith at UFC 303.


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