The disappointing news is that UFC 273, UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum will not be fighting in UFC 273 due to an unknown injury, leaving South Africa's Dricus du Plessis without a fight.
Due to an unknown injury, Gastelum has been ruled out of the upcoming pay-per-view event against short notice substitute Dricus du Plessis. The UFC officially announced the news on Friday evening. UFC 273 was held at the Y Star Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
Gastelum (17-8) was forced to withdraw from his match against Du Plessis (16-2) in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, April 9, according to UFC officials.
Gastelum (16-8 MMA, 11-8 UFC) was originally scheduled to meet with Massourdin Imavov at the event, but due to visa issues, Imavov was unable to compete as scheduled.
The former interim middleweight title challenger wanted to stay on the Gastelum card and was replaced by du Plessis (16-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) from his original match against Anthony Hernandez on the same card.
Du Plessis also had to fight in UFC 273, actually against Chris Curtis.
Curtis returned and was replaced by UFC's Anthony Hernandez.
Then, when Gastelum lost to their opponent, the UFC fought a battle of Du Plessis-Hernandez against Gastelum in favor of Du Plessis.
Now, no one will appear on the middleweight card.
The main competition in UFC 273 will be a featherweight fight between champion Alexander Volkanowski and Chan Sung Jung aka 'The Korean Zombie'.
Men's bantamweight champion Jimenez Sterling will face former champion Peter Yan in the rematch of the co-host event.
With the removal, the UFC 273 lineup now includes:
Alexander Volkanovski v Chan Sung Jung – for featherweight title
Aljamain Sterling v Petr Yan – for bantamweight title
Gilbert Burns v Khamzat Chimaev
Mackenzie Dern v Tecia Torres
Ian Garry v Darian Weeks
Jairzinho Rozenstruik v Marcin Tybura
Aspen Ladd v Raquel Pennington
Mickey Gall v Mike Mallot
Vinc Pichel v Mark O. Madsen
Aleksei Oleinik v Jared Vanderaa
Anthony Hernandez v Josh Fremd
Kay Hansen v Piera Rodriguez
Julio Arce v Daniel Santos