Ramiz Brahimaj received’t be making his promotional debut at UFC on ESPN 12 on Saturday resulting from considered one of his cornermen testing optimistic for COVID-19.

Brahimaj (8-2 MMA, 0-Zero UFC), a Fortis MMA prospect, was scheduled to tackle Takashi Sato on the prelims. Nevertheless, late Thursday night, the UFC introduced Brahimaj’s elimination from the cardboard and that he shall be changed by promotional newcomer Jason Witt (pending medical clearance).

“Because of a optimistic COVID-19 check consequence from considered one of his cornermen, Ramiz Brahimaj has been faraway from his bout towards Takashi Sato.

“Changing Brahimaj shall be UFC newcomer Jason Witt, pending medical clearance together with a COVID-19 check. Because of this, the fee has agreed to weigh in Witt individually and he won’t take part in tomorrow’s official weigh-ins and faceoffs.”

UFC on ESPN 12 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The cardboard airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.

Witt (17-5 MMA, 0-Zero UFC) is a member of Missouri powerhouse fitness center Glory MMA and Health, coaching beneath James Krause. Since March 2013, Witt has solely misplaced one battle, profitable nine-of-10 in that stretch.

Sato (15-Three MMA, 1-1 UFC) signed with the UFC in early 2019. After defeating Ben Saunders by knockout in his promotional debut, Sato misplaced by third-round submission to Belal Muhammad at UFC 242 in September.

With the change, the present UFC on ESPN 12 lineup consists of:

The most recent UFC on ESPN 12 lineup consists of:

  • Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker
  • Mickey Gall vs. Mike Perry
  • Brendan Allen vs. Kyle Daukaus
  • Maurice Greene vs. Gian Villante
  • Julian Erosa vs. Sean Woodson
  • Luis Pena vs. Khama Worthy
  • Tanner Boser vs. Philipe Lins
  • Takashi Sato vs. Jason Witt
  • Jordan Griffin vs. Youssef Zalal
  • Kay Hansen vs. Jinh Yu Frey