UFC’s September 5th event has lost two fights due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Nicco Montano Out of Bout Against Julia Avila
UFC bantamweight Nicco Montano was removed from her matchup against Julia Avila after testing positive for COVID-19. News of the change was first reported by Mike Heck and Damon Martin of MMA Fighting.
The matchup has a new date scheduled now, as the pairing has been moved to the UFC’s October 3rd card.
Ricky Simon Out of Bout Against Brian Kelleher
Ricky Simon was also pulled from his featherweight match against Brian Kelleher. Simon broke the news of the matchup change on Friday via Twitter, saying the withdrawal came after a cornerman tested positive for COVID-19.
“I put in so much work for this fight and I was really looking forward to putting on a show for you guys. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement,” said Simon in his statement.
It is currently not known if Kelleher will get a replacement opponent.
Without the featherweight bout on the card, UFC’s next “Fight Night” event has nine bouts in total. The show is scheduled to be headline by heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai.
Here’s the full card which is set to happen at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Bout 9: Alistair Overeem (46-18) vs. Augusto Sakai (15-1-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 8: Ovince St. Preux (24-14) vs. Alonzo Menifield (9-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 7: Sijara Eubanks (5-4) vs. Karol Rosa (13-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 6: Michel Pereira (23-11) vs. Zelim Imadaev (8-2) (Welterweight)
Bout 5: Thiago Moises (13-4) vs. Jalin Turner (9-5) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Bartosz Fabinski (15-3) vs. Andre Muniz (19-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Montana De La Rosa (11-5) vs. Viviane Araujo (8-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Marcos Rogerio de Lima (17-6-1) vs. Alexander Romanov (11-0) (Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Cole Smith (7-1) vs. Hunter Azure (8-1) (Bantamweight)