UFC’s July 15 present has taken one other hit courtesy of a constructive COVID-19 check.
Marina Rodriguez vs. Carla Esparza is now off of the cardboard in Abu Dhabi after certainly one of Rodriguez’s corners examined constructive for the virus, sources instructed MMA Combating. Rodriguez’s check got here again detrimental, however the UFC opted to take away her from Friday night time’s chartered flight from Sao Paulo to Abu Dhabi.
Given the restriction of flights to United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic, further sources confirmed the UFC will postpone the match to a later date as a substitute of searching for a brand new opponent for “The Cookie Monster” that night time.
A former UFC champion, Esparza is on a three-fight profitable streak, capped off by an enormous victory over Michelle Waterson. Rodriguez is undefeated in 14 skilled bouts, together with a 2-0-2 beneath the UFC banner.
The Battle Night time occasion shall be headlined by Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige. Brazilian fighters Anderson dos Santos (right here) and Vinicius Moreira (right here) have been additionally pulled from the identical present on “Battle Island” after testing constructive for COVID-19 earlier this week.