COVID-19 Related Health Issues Pulls Muslim Salikhov From January 16th Bout Against Santiago Ponzinibbio

Muslim Salikhov has been removed from his January 16th bout against Santiago Ponzinibbio following health issues related to a positive COVID-19 test.

Salikhov announced the cancelled bout on Tuesday through Instagram.

With just over a month until the event is scheduled to happen, it is not known at the moment whether Ponzinibbio will get a replacement opponent.

Ponzinibbio was looking to compete for the first time since November of 2018. The Argentinian fighter has an impressive seven-fight win streak which includes main event victories over Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny.

Salikhov entered the fight with the intention of extending his four-fight win streak. Salikhov’s last win was in July, taking a split decision victory over Elizeu Zaleski.

UFC’s January 15th card is currently scheduled to be headlined by Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. Here’s the lineup as it stands currently.

Bout 14: Max Holloway (21-6) vs. Calvin Kattar (22-4) (Featherweight)

Bout 13: Ricky Simon (16-3) vs. Brian Kelleher (22-11) (Bantamweight)

Bout 12: Justin Tafa (4-1) vs. Carlos Felipe (9-1) (Heavyweight)

Bout 11: Tim Elliott (16-11-1) vs. Jordan Espinosa (15-8) (Flyweight)

Bout 10: Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3) vs. Muslim Salikhov (17-2) (Welterweight)

Bout 9: Jacob Kilburn (8-3) vs. Austin Lingo (7-1) (Featherweight)

Bout 8: Sarah Moras (6-6) vs. Vanessa Melo (10-8) (Bantamweight)

Bout 7: Rodolfo Vieira (7-0) vs. Anthony Hernandez (7-2) (Middleweight)

Bout 6: Julianna Pena (9-4) vs. Sara McMann (12-5) (Bantamweight)

Bout 5: Bethe Correia (11-5-1) vs. Wu Yanan (11-3) (Bantamweight)

Bout 4: Warlley Alves (13-4) vs. Christian Aguilera (14-7) (Welterweight)

Bout 3: Omari Akhmedov (20-5-1) vs. Tom Breese (12-2) (Middleweight)

Bout 2: David Zawada (17-5) vs. Ramazan Emeev (19-4) (Welterweight)

Bout 1: Nik Lentz (30-11-2) vs. Mike Grundy (12-2) (Featherweight)

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