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COVID-19 tests reduce UFC show to 7 bouts in Las Vegas

UFC Fight Island Mixed Martial Arts
Posted at 7:42 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 22:42:35-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The UFC is staging a fight show with just seven bouts after a series of cancellations related to positive COVID-19 tests.

The mixed martial arts promotion held its shortest card since 2005 after canceling two bouts at late notice.

Heavyweight Marcos Rogério De Lima's bout against Alexander Romanov was scrapped about 90 minutes before the first fight at the UFC Apex gym on the promotion's corporate campus.

The UFC also canceled a bout between lightweights Thiago Moisés and Jalin Turner.

Kevin Natividad also was removed from his featherweight bout against Brian Kelleher, who instead fought Ray Rodriguez on short notice.