UFC on ESPN+ 34: COVID-19 reduces card to seven fights
COVID-19 has struck again, this time at tonight’s UFC on ESPN+ 34 card.
The UFC announced approximately 90 minutes before the event that heavyweights Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Alexander Romano were pulled, from their bout, joining previously cancelled competitors Thiago Mioses, Jalin Turner, Kevin NAtivdad and Brian Kelleher due to positive tests.
That means the prelims have been scrapped, with one seven fight main card instead.
The UFC released the following statement on their website.
“Due to positive COVID-19 test results, the following bouts have been canceled from today’s card: Alexander Romanov vs Marcos Rogerio De Lima and Thiago Moses vs Jalin Turner.
Additionally, as a precaution, Kevin Natividad has been removed from his bout against Brian Kelleher and will be replaced by Dana White Contender’s Series alum Ray Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who appeared on the show last season, has won 11 of his last 13 bouts.”
The card will not start at 7 p.m, ET with the revised lineup:
ALISTAIR OVEREEM (46-18-0, 1NC) VS. AUGUSTO SAKAI (15-1-1)
OVINCE ST. PREUX (24-14-0) VS. ALONZO MENIFIELD (9-1-0)
MICHEL PEREIRA (23-11-0, 2NC) VS. ZELIM IMADAEV (8-2-0)
MONTANA DE LA ROSA (11-5-0) VS. VIVIANE ARAUJO (8-2-0)
BRIAN KELLEHER (21-11-0) VS. RAY RODRIGUEZ (16-6-0)
BARTOSZ FABINSKI (15-3-0) VS. ANDRE MUNIZ (19-4-0)
COLE SMITH (7-1-0) VS. HUNTER AZURE (8-1-0)