The coronavirus has struck again, this time on December’s UFC on ESPN 31 matchup with Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena.
Brown (23-18-0), 40, tweeted that a positive COVID-19 test has forced his exit from the card.
I was sick af over the weekend but feel better for the most part now. Lost smell today. Did a jog outside today and lungs burned some I thought maybe it was just the cold air but maybe I’m still sick. I’ll get over it quickly and go from there
— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) November 24, 2021
It is uncertain at this time if Barberena (15-8-0), 32, will also leave or if the UFC will find a replacement.
UFC on ESPN 31 is scheduled for Dec. 4 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Current bouts include:
#4 ROB FONT (19-4-0) VS. #5 JOSE ALDO (30-7-0)
#12 BRAD RIDDELL (10-1-0) VS. #14 RAFAEL FIZIEV (10-1-0)
#13 JIMMY CRUTE (12-2-0) VS. #14 JAMAHAL HILL (8-1-0, 1NC)
#15 SERGEI PAVLOVICH (14-1-0) VS. TANNER BOSER (20-8-1)
JAKE MATTHEWS (17-5-0) VS. JEREMIAH WELLS (9-2-1)
TBD VS. BRYAN BARBERENA (15-8-0)
BRENDAN ALLEN (17-4-0) VS. BRAD TAVARES (19-6-0)
MALLORY MARTIN (7-4-0) VS. MONTSERRAT RUIZ (10-2-0)
ZHALGAS ZHUMAGULOV (14-5-0) VS. MANEL KAPE (16-6-0)
CLAUDIO PUELLES (10-2-0) VS. CHRIS GRUETZEMACHER (15-4-0)
LOUIS SMOLKA (17-7-0) VS. VINCE MORALES (10-5-0)