Tanner Boser vs. Giacomo Lemos Scratched from UFC 240 Card

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Tanner Boser is “beyond bummed” that he is no longer fighting at UFC 240 in Edmonton this weekend.

A heavyweight scrap on the UFC 240 card this weekend has been scratched at the last minute. On Thursday, MMA Junkie was first to report that the bout between Tanner Boser and Giacomo Lemos had been pulled from the card. The reason behind the cancellation, per Boser, is that Lemos failed a drug test.

The Canadian heavyweight released a statement on social media Thursday.

I am absolutely devastated to learn that I will not be fighting in two days at UFC 240. My b*tch made opponent Giacomo Lemos tested positive for a banned substance and it is too late to find a replacement as weigh ins are tomorrow morning. I thought it was strange that Lemos wouldn’t make eye contact with me at all whenever I saw him at the hotel. I know now it’s because he’s a coward. UFC has told me that they will get me on a future card as soon as they can. I am so so sorry to all my friends and family who paid good money for tickets to come out and my UFC debut. I am beyond bummed.

As USADA no longer announces drug test failures until the end of the adjudication process, it may be a while before we learn any more details on what exactly happened with Lemos (6-0). The undefeated Brazilian was making his UFC debut in the fight.

Boser (16-5-1) was also set to make his debut at UFC 240 on Saturday. The next available Canadian date would be UFC Vancouver in September.