UFC: Bobby Green – Jim Miller called off

Daniel Cunningham
Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Bobby Green (blue gloves) defeats Erik Koch (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 258 has lost it’s second main card fight this week. The promotion announced this evening that the lightweight matchup between Bobby Green (27-11-1) and Jim Miller (32-15, 1 NC) has been called off.

As mentioned, this is the second main card fight to be scrapped this week for UFC 258. Earlier in the week, the highly anticipated bantamweight clash between Pedro Munhoz and Jimmie Rivera was called off. That fight was scrapped due to a positive COVID test.

There were some signs of doubts for this matchup that developed earlier today. 23 of the 24 scheduled fighters made the walk to the scale earlier today with very few issues. However, Bobby Green was the last one to weigh-in for UFC 258.

This fight between Miller and Green was put together just a few weeks ago and it appeared that Green had trouble cutting weight. Ultimately when Green stepped on the scale, he weighed in at 156 pounds and the fight was on.

However, questions started forming when Green and Miller didn’t appear for the post weigh-in staredowns. Dana White announced that Bobby Green had collapsed in the back and doctors were taking a look at him. The UFC 258 matchup was then in serious danger.

What’s next for the UFC?

A couple of hours after that incident, the UFC announced that Green was not cleared to fight. The fight has been called off after Green collapsed backstage after an extremely difficult weight cut.

Again, I feel like the short-notice nature of this fight played a role in the weight cut. However, we don’t and probably won’t know what exactly happened. At this time, there has not been any word on if the UFC will try to remake this fight.

With Green and Miller off the main card, Ricky Simon (17-3) and Brian Kelleher (22-11) has been promoted to the UFC 258 main card. This fight should be very entertaining and is a solid choice to replace the Miller-Green matchup.