After a positive COVID-19 test pulled Cynthia Calvillo out of her UFC 254 fight against Lauren Murphy, Liliya Shakirova has stepped in as a replacement. News of the fight change was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
The fight is scheduled to happen on October 24th from “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Calvillo released a statement on her withdrawal from the bout on Thursday night.
“I was ready to put on a show for you guys but it is what is,” said Calvillo via Instagram.
Shakirova, an Uzbekistan fighter, has a record of eight wins and one loss since debuting in 2015. Her last fight was last October, defeating Aygul Kuzu Abduvakhid on a GFC card.
Murphy will attempt to earn her fourth-straight win at the pay-per-view event. Murphy last fought in June, defeating Roxanne Modafferi via decision.
UFC 254 is still scheduled to have a lightweight headliner between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. Here’s the full lineup.
Bout 13: Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) vs. Justin Gaethje (22-2) (UFC Lightweight Championship)
Bout 12: Robert Whittaker (21-5) vs. Jared Cannonier (13-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 11: Alexander Volkov (31-8) vs. Walt Harris (13-8) (Heavyweight)
Bout 10: Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0) vs. Sergey Morozov (16-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 9: Da Un Jung (13-2) vs. Sam Alvey (33-14) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 8: Liana Jojua (8-3) vs. Miranda Maverick (7-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 7: Magomed Ankalaev (13-1) vs. Ion Cutelaba (15-5) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 6: Phil Hawes (8-2) vs. Jacob Malkoun (4-0) (Middleweight)
Bout 5: Stefan Struve (29-12) vs. Tai Tuivasa (10-3) (Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Casey Kenney (15-2-1) vs. Nathaniel Wood (17-4) (Catchweight 140 lbs)
Bout 3: Alex Oliviera (22-8-1) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (12-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Joel Alvarez (17-2) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (25-10-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Lauren Murphy (13-4) vs. Liliya Shakirova (8-1) (Flyweight)