COVID-19 has struck at UFC on ESPN 12 in Las Vegas.
Newcomer Ramiz Brahimaj was removed from the card late Thursday evening due to a positive test from his cornerman, according to a UFC online statement. Jason Witt (17-5-0) will replace him, pending medical clearance, to face Takashi Sato (15-3-0).
“Due to a positive COVID-19 test result from one of his cornermen, Ramiz Brahimaj has been removed from his bout against Takashi Sato.”
“Replacing Brahimaj will be UFC newcomer Jason Witt, pending medical clearance including a COVID-19 test. As a result, the commission has agreed to weigh in Witt separately and he will not participate in tomorrow’s official weigh-ins and faceoffs.
“Witt will be making his UFC debut having won nine of his last 10 bouts, including his last four. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, Witt has finished seven of his fights by submission, with another three by knockout.”
UFC on ESPN 12 is scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Scheduled bouts include:
KAY HANSEN (6-3-0) VS. JINH YU FREY (9-4-0)
JORDAN GRIFFIN (18-7-0) VS. YOUSSEF ZALAL (8-2-0)
TAKASHI SATO (15-3-0) VS. JASON WITT (17-5-0) pending medical clearance
PHILLIPE LINS (14-4-0) VS. TANNER BOSSER (17-6-1)
LUIS PENA (8-2-0) VS. KHAMA WORTHY (15-6-0)
SEAN WOODSON (7-0-0) VS. JULIAN EROSA (22-8-0)
GIAN VILLANTE (17-11-0) VS. MAURICE GREENE (8-4-0)
BRENDAN ALLEN (14-3-0) VS. KYLE DAUKAUS (9-0-0)
MIKE PERRY (13-6-0) VS. MICKEY GALL (6-2-0)
DUSTIN POIRIER (25-6-0, 1NC) VS. DAN HOOKER (20-8-0)