Positive COVID-19 Test Takes Brian Kelleher Out of January 16th Fight Against Ricky Simon

Brian Kelleher has been pulled from his January 16th fight against Ricky Simon following a positive COVID-19 test.

The cancelled bout was first reported by Cole Shelton of MyMMANews, with the specifics on the positive COVID-19 test later being reported by Mike Heck and Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting.

The fight was set to take place on a UFC “Fight Night” card from “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

It is not known at the moment if Simon will get a replacement opponent for his fight, which is just over two weeks away.

This is the second time COVID-19 has stopped a fight between Simon and Kelleher from happening. A fight between the two was first scheduled for September but later cancelled after a cornerman for Simon tested positive.

COVID-19 continues to affect MMA greatly, causing numerous fights to be thrown out every week.

Both Simon and Kelleher were coming off of a win from 2020.

Simon last competed in May, where he took a split decision over Ray Borg. The win for Simon snapped a two-fight losing streak.

Kelleher returned to the win column in September, where he stopped Ray Rodriguez in the first minute of action with a guillotine choke. Rodriguez took the fight on short notice.

UFC’s January 16th card currently has a featherweight main event between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar scheduled.

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