After Weigh-In Miss, Jonathan Martinez Out of UFC Vegas 36 Fight Against Marcelo Rojo

Jonathan Martinez and Marcelo Rojo, UFC Vegas 36 face-off
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 03: (L-R) Opponents Jonathan Martinez and Marcelo Rojo of Argentina face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on September 03, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jonathan Martinez struggled at the scales Friday morning at the UFC Vegas 36 official weigh-in. Now, he’s out of the event entirely.

Following a botched weight cut that saw him miss the bantamweight limit by 2lbs, Martinez reportedly suffered medical complications that have forced him off the card. ESPN was first to report the news. Rojo later confirmed the development on social media.

The last fighter to weigh in, Martinez did not hit the scales a second time after missing the mark late in the window. It is not the 27-year old’s first time missing weight.

In August 2020, Martinez weighed in at 140.5lbs, well over the bantamweight limit. His fight that night with Frankie Saenz moved forward; Martinez won via TKO. In his very next fight, he competed as a featherweight opposite Thomas Almeida, winning a unanimous decision.

Last time out, returning to the bantamweight division, Martinez was knocked out by Davey Grant. Prior to joining the UFC, Martinez had competed as low as flyweight.

Marcelo Rojo is unfortunately left without a dance partner with Martinez off the card. Rojo made his promotional debut in March on short notice, losing to Charles Jourdain in a featherweight fight. He had been lined up for a bout with Kevin Croom at the end of August, only for Croom to withdraw.

UFC Vegas 36 is now set to move forward with nine fights:

Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till
Tom Aspinall vs. Sergey Spivak
Alex Morono vs. David Zawada
Modestas Bukauskas vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.
Paddy Pimblett vs. Luigi Vendramini
Molly McCann vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Jack Shore vs. Liudvik Sholinian
Julian Erosa vs. Charles Jourdain
Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Marc-André Barriault


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