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Kelvin Gastelum injured, UFC 273 fight with Dricus du Plessis canceled

Kelvin Gastelum is no longer fighting at UFC 273.

The veteran UFC middleweight has pulled out of his scheduled fight against Dricus du Plessis on Friday after suffering an undisclosed injury, the UFC has announced.

MMA Fighting has confirmed the news.

Gastelum was originally scheduled to fight promising contender Nassourdin Imavov at UFC 273 before visa issues forced Imavov to be scratched from the fight. Du Plessis answered the call as a replacement on short notice, but following Gastelum’s withdrawal, du Plessis was also dropped from the UFC 273 roster.

Gastelum (16-8, 1 NC) is still in need of a win after losing five of its last six fights, including a two-fight losing streak at the hands of Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier.

Du Plessis (16-2), meanwhile, will have to wait for his chance to move up the middleweight ranks after notching knockout wins over Markus Perez and Trevin Giles in his first two UFC bouts.

UFC 273 is scheduled to take place on April 9 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The card is headlined by a pair of title fights, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung and Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan, as well as a featured welterweight bout between Gilbert Burns and Khamzat Chimaev.

MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck contributed to this report.