UFC’s October 9th event has lost a fight, as COVID-19 protocol forced a middleweight contest between Laureano Staropoli and Jamie Pickett off the lineup. The fight has reportedly been bumped ahead to UFC’s October 23rd card, per a report from Danny Segura of MMA Junkie.
The fight was scheduled to happen this weekend at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. While it won’t happen this weekend, it is expected to take place a few weeks later at that same location.
Pickett released a statement about the positive test via social media, mentioning his annoyance with having to stay in Las Vegas until his delayed fight comes.
“One of my coaches tested positive for COVID-19 and now we have to stay here [Las Vegas] for 10 days. I’m pissed the f*** off but everything is everything,” said Pickett on an Instagram Story. “I’ll get through this somehow.”
Both fighters were looking to snap losing streaks. Entering the weekend, Pickett had lost two consecutive, with Staropoli dropping his last three.
Saturday’s UFC card is now set to be 10 fights in total. It is expected to be headlined by ranked strawweights Marina Rodriguez and Mackenzie Dern.