Another fight has been delayed following a COVID-19 positive. In what has become a common occurrence in pandemic-era MMA, this weekend’s UFC Vegas 18 card has lost a fight. This time out, it’s Marion Reneau vs. Macy Chiasson, pushed back after Reneau tested positive for the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The bantamweight bout was expected to feature on the main card of Saturday’s event, otherwise known as UFC Fight Night 184.
Reneau announced the news via social media on Wednesday. She also revealed a bit of a silver lining: while the fight this weekend is off, it will be pushed back three weeks to February 27.
Do you want the bad news or the good news first?
BAD: The fight between [Macy Chiasson] and I has been cancelled for THIS weekend. Unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID. I am feeling 100% fine with no symptoms.
GOOD: Macy and I have agreed to run it back on FEBRUARY 27! I appreciate Macy and her camp for being professional and willing to make this fight happen.
AND thank you for all the support leading up to this fight. Postponed…NOT CANCELLED! The goal doesn’t change! Just the date!
Reneau (9-6-1), the UFC’s oldest female fighter at 43 years young, will be looking to snap a three-fight losing streak when the pair finally meet. Chiasson (6-1), who won The Ultimate Fighter 28 at featherweight before moving down to bantamweight, is coming off a win over Shanna Young in February 2020.
The UFC’s February 27 event is headlined by heavyweights Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane. The line-up to date consists of the following bouts:
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane
William Knight vs. Alonzo Menifield
Sabina Mazo vs. Alexis Davis
Raoni Barcelos vs. TBB
Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown
Emily Whitmire vs. Hannah Cifers
Alex Caceres vs. Kevin Croom
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Nikita Krylov
Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Alexander Hernandez vs. Thiago Moises
Vince Cachero vs. Ronnie Lawrence
Dustin Jacoby vs. Maxim Grishin
Macy Chiasson vs. Marion Reneau