Three bouts on UFC’s upcoming July 15th on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi event have been scrapped following positive results from some fighters and team members for COVID-19.
Anderson dos Santos
After testing positive for COVID-19, Anderson dos Santos was taken out of his bantamweight bout against Jack Shore. The change was first reported by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting.
Dos Santos headed into the fight with the opportunity to turn around his UFC career which kicked off with two losses. The fight was also meant to be the Brazilians return to MMA after more than a year of a layoff.
The fight was also Shore’s return to the UFC after a strong debut in September. The former Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion stopped Nohelin Hernandez with a near naked choke in his first UFC bout.
Vinicius Moreira was pulled from his fight against Modestas Bukauskas after testing positive for COVID-19. Broken by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting, Moreira will not have his fourth UFC fight that was scheduled to happen.
Moreira was signed to the UFC after a win on TV series “Dana White’s Contender Series.” He has struggled since his debut, however, as he has lost his first three bouts.
Bukauskas was meant to have his UFC debut on this show. He fought in Cage Warriors before, being the promotion’s light heavyweight champion. When his eventual UFC debut happens, he will be putting his six-fight winning streak on the line.
Cornerman For Marina Rodriguez
Reported by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting, a member of the corner for Marina Rodriguez tested positive for COVID-19. Rodriguez was scheduled to fight Carla Esparza on the card in a strawweight bout.
Rodriguez was looking to build upon her undefeated 12-0-2 record, having gone 2-0-2 since her 2018 UFC debut. The bout was meant to be a quick turnaround for Esparza, who picked up a split decision win over Michelle Waterson in May.
With the current fights taken out of the lineup, UFC’s July 15th show has nine bouts scheduled. The show looks like this as of right now.
Bout 9: Calvin Kattar (21-4) vs. Dan Ige (14-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 8: Pedro Munhoz (18-4) vs. Frankie Edgar (23-8-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 7: Mounir Lazzez (9-1) vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 6: Jared Gordon (15-4) vs. Chris Fishgold (18-3-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 5: Molly McCann (10-2) vs. Taila Santos (15-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Liana Jojua (7-3) vs. Diana Belbita (13-5) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Ricardo Ramos (14-2) vs. Lerone Murphy (8-0-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 2: John Phillips (22-9) vs. Dusko Todorovic (9-0) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Tim Elliott (15-11-1) vs. Ryan Benoit (10-6) (Flyweight)