UFC 266 is down a fight thanks to positive COVID-19 tests from flyweight Manon Fiorot and her team.
Fiorot had been expected to face Mayra Bueno Silva at the event this Saturday. However, per a report by ESPN Deportes, both fighters will be pulled from the card, with the bout pushed back to a later date.
The French fighter, reportedly asymptomatic, and a member of her camp both tested positive for the disease.
Silva (7-1-1) most recently fought to a draw with Montana De La Rosa back in February. Prior to that, she had collected her second win inside the octagon against Mara Romero Borella. Overall, the Brazilian is 2-1-1 in the promotion, after starting her career undefeated.
Her only loss came to Maryna Moroz last year.
Fiorot (7-1) has won seven straight fights since losing her debut against Leah McCourt. She’s 2-0 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship to date.
Per an additional report by MMA Junkie, it appears Fiorot vs. Silva will land on the promotion’s October 16 event, which just recently lost Miesha Tate vs. Ketlen Viera, its planned main event. That was also due to a positive COVID-19 test, on the part of Tate.
UFC 266, meanwhile, moves forward with the following bouts:
Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Brian Ortega – for the UFC featherweight championship
Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Lauren Murphy – for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship
Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Jéssica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili
Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Taila Santos
Uroš Medić vs. Jalin Turner
Cody Brundage vs. Nick Maximov
Matthew Semelsberger vs. Martin Sano Jr.
Jonathan Pearce vs. Omar Morales