Green’s removal was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
Iaquinta told MMAFighting that he’d “rather be drunk at Jones Beach, but I’m still training for TBD,” adding that fighters like Gilbert Melendez, Dustin Poirier or Efrain Escudero would be good replacements. Melendez is likely out of the picture, however, as he was placed on a 30-day medical suspension following a loss to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 on Saturday night.
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The UFC has yet to reveal whether it will try to keep Iaquinta on the card or perhaps push him back to a later event.
Iaquinta (12-3-1) has been riding a hot streak of late, winning his last four bouts, including victories over Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson, and Rodrigo Damm.
Green (23-6), meanwhile, was hoping to bounce back from a November loss to Edson Barboza. The loss to Barboza ended and eight-fight winning streak, and put a halt to Green’s run towards a title shot.