An undefeated UFC newcomer will be replacing Jessica-Rose Clark in a bantamweight bout versus Talita Bernardo at UFC 227 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 11.
Clark, who was set to return to 135 pounds against Talita Bernardo, took to Instagram to announce her withdrawal due to injury.
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News is out. I’m out of #UFC237 officially. An accident in sparring resulted in the ligaments in my right foot snapping. So my next steps are ~ sexy boot ~ surgery ~ sexy boot ~ recovery ~ fight. My sincerest apologies to @talitabernardomma ~ I really hope we get to run this later in the year. Apologies to @mickmaynard2 and @ufc , I’m going to do everything I can to rehab and recover as quick as possible. I’ve had a few days to accept it and all I can do now is get on my grind as best as possible. Big thank you to @heatherlinden for helping me organize medicals. Thank you @chelsearaemma for holding down the fort. Thank you to @bo.sandoval for coming up with a dope program whilst I can’t put weight on my right foot. And biggest thank you of all to @ty_gwerder for taking care of me 24/7 and making sure my days are filled with love instead of allowing me to spiral into devastation. I love you. I’ll be back and kicking soon!
Clark says an accident in sparring during camp led to the ligaments in right foot snapping. The injury will require surgery.
Enter: Melissa Gatto (6-0-2), a 23-year-old Brazilian fighter. Four of Gatto’s pro career wins come by way of submission.
Gatto faces Talita Bernardo (5-3), a fellow Brazilian. Bernardo scored her first Octagon victory in her last outing over Sarah Moras.
We wish Clark a speedy recovery!