UFC Parts Ways With Antonio Braga Neto and Liliya Shakirova

UFC has parted ways with two more athletes, per a recent report from Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting. The report details that Antonio Braga Neto and Liliya Shakirova have departed the roster recently.

Braga Neto was scheduled to appear at last weekend’s UFC “Fight Night” event, but was later removed from the lineup due to testing positive for COVID-19. The withdrawal continued his struggle in returning to the cage. The 33-year-old middleweight has been inactive since 2017, with four different bookings falling through in that time.

Braga Neto entered the UFC in 2013 with a record of seven wins and one loss. He is departing the UFC after putting together one win and two losses in the promotion.

Shakirova’s UFC stint has come to a close after a recent suspension. The flyweight was given a two-year sanction by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency earlier this week due to a drug test that was taken in December 2020.

Shakirova entered the promotion on short notice last year, stepping in to face Lauren Murphy at UFC 254. She was submitted with a rear naked choke in the bout.

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