Belal Muhammad Out of December 19th UFC Against Dhiego Lima Fight Following Positive COVID-19 Test

Belal Muhammad has been removed from Saturday night’s UFC card following a positive COVID-19 test. Muhammad was scheduled to face Dhiego Lima at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Muhammad announced his test on Tuesday through social media.

“Woke up yesterday feeling like crap got tested and i was positive for covid sucks but I’ll be back,” said Muhammad on Twitter.

It is not known at the moment whether Lima will be able to get an opponent on less than a week’s notice.

Muhammad was looking to build on a three-fight win streak. His last win was in June, where he took a decision victory over Lyman Good.

Lima has not competed in 2020 so far. He defeated Luke Jumeau via split decision in his last bout.

Saturday’s UFC “Fight Night” card now has 14 bouts in total.

The removal of Muhammad from the card isn’t the first blow UFC’s December 19th card has felt due to COVID-19. The card scrapped a main event a couple weeks back after Leon Edwards tested positive, taking him and Khamzat Chimaev off the card.

The current main event for the card is scheduled to be a fight between Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal. Here’s the updated lineup.

Bout 14: Stephen Thompson (15-4-1) vs. Geoff Neal (13-2) (Welterweight)

Bout 13: Jose Aldo (28-7) vs. Marlon Vera (18-6-1) (Bantamweight)

Bout 12: Michel Pereira (24-11) vs. Khaos Williams (11-1) (Welterweight)

Bout 11: Marlon Moraes (23-7-1) vs. Rob Font (17-4) (Bantamweight)

Bout 10: Marcin Tybura (20-6) vs. Greg Hardy (7-2) (Heavyweight)

Bout 9: Gillian Robertson (9-4) vs. Taila Santos (16-1) (Flyweight)

Bout 8: Anthony Pettis (23-10) vs. Alex Morono (18-6) (Welterweight)

Bout 7: Pannie Kianzad (13-5) vs. Sijara Eubanks (6-5) (Bantamweight)

Bout 6: Karl Roberson (9-3) vs. Dalcha Lungiambula (10-2) (Middleweight)

Bout 5: Deron Winn (6-2) vs. Antonio Arroyo (9-3) (Catchweight 195 lbs)

Bout 4: Drako Rodriguez (7-1) vs. Aiemann Zahabi (7-2) (Bantamweight)

Bout 3: Tafon Nchukwi (4-0) vs. Jamie Pickett (11-4) (Middleweight)

Bout 2: Jimmy Flick (15-5) vs. Cody Durden (11-2-1) (Flyweight)

Bout 1: Rick Glenn (21-6-1) vs. Carlton Minus (10-2) (Lightweight)

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