UFC’s July 2nd pay-per-view event will proceed without a flyweight bout between Lauren Murphy and Miesha Tate.
News broke Saturday that a previously booked bout between the fighters was scratched from the card.
Murphy withdrew from the fight due to a positive COVID-19 test, per a report from Mike Heck of MMA Fighting.
The matchup was scheduled to take place during the main card of UFC 276 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Tate was aiming to make her flyweight debut in the bout. The former UFC Bantamweight Champion planned on making the move after suffering a main event loss last year, dropping a unanimous decision to Ketlen Vieira.
The fight was also scheduled to be Murphy’s first appearance since losing a title fight to flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko in September 2021.
It is not known what is next for either fighter after this sudden change.
UFC 276 is scheduled to be 12 fights in total now. UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya will appear in the main event, facing Jared Cannonier.