UFC pulls Brok Weaver from Tampa Bay card, Mike Davis fills in short notice
Brok Weaver (14-4) was set to make his UFC debut following his contract winning performance on Dana White’s Contender Series. During Week 8 in August 2019 Weaver defeated Devin Smyth (9-2) via unanimous decision.
Weaver was set to face off in Tampa Bay against Thomas Gifford (17-8) in his UFC debut but has been abruptly pulled from the card during fight week. Mike Davis (7-2) will step in as a short notice replacement at 155lbs. Mike Davis previously appeared on DWCS Week 6 2018 in a unanimous decision loss to Sodiq Yusuff (10-1).
Although either camp has yet to release and official statement, Weaver has indicated through social media that it is not an anti-doping violation and insists that he’s “not injured either. This is above my head I’m on weight ready to scrap right now but the UFC want let me fight.”
It remains to be seen exactly what the cause was for Weaver’s short notice removal, but Mike Davis has agreed to step in an take the fight against Thomas Gifford. Mike Davis put together back to back finishes in Island Fights following his DWCS loss. He was called up on short notice to replace Eric Wisely after he was not medically cleared for his bout vs Gilbert Burns at UFC on ESPN+ 8 in Fort Lauderdale. Davis would lose by second round rear naked choke.
Thomas Gifford also lost his UFC debut at UFC on ESPN+ 8 in Fort Lauderdale against Roosevelt Roberts (8-1) so both fighters will be looking for redemption and their first UFC victory in their returns to the Octagon in Florida.