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Curtis Blaydes out of UFC Vegas 15, Smith vs Clark is the new main event

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UFC Vegas 15 has taken a huge hit as the main event headliner Curtis Blaydes has tested positive for Covid-19 and had to be pulled out of his fight against Derrick Lewis. Now Anthony Smith vs Devin Clark is the new main event.

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The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN.

Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis — tomorrow night’s UFC main event — has been canceled, per multiple sources,” Helwani reported. “Blaydes has tested positive for COVID.

The promotion is hoping to reschedule the fight in December, sources say, though that isn’t a done deal just yet.”

The attraction will be on now on former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith and Devin Clark.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN revealed the details.

Smith vs. Clark will now be a five-round main event,” Okamoto wrote on Twitter. “Clark told me UFC asked what he wanted and he said he preferred five rounds. He wants to win a title some day and sees this as a good chance to get a five round fight.

Anthony Smith told me when he was asked to main event, he texted Dana White directly to say he wanted it to be five rounds,” Okamoto added in a follow-up Tweet. “Said a big part of that is for the fans, main event should be five rounds. So, both guys say they preferred five, even though they trained for three.”

Anthony Smith is coming off of a decision loss to Alexander Rakic earlier this year in a three-round main event bout. Prior to that, he was TKO’d in the fifth round by Glover Teixeira. This will be Smith’s third UFC Fight Night headliner of the year.

MAIN CARD 

Devin Clark vs. Anthony Smith
Josh Parisian vs. Parker Porter
Miguel Baeza vs. Takashi Sato
Bill Algeo vs. Spike Carlyle

PRELIMINARY CARD

Norma Dumont vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Martin Day vs. Anderson dos Santos
Gina Mazany vs. Rachael Ostovich
Kai Kamaka III vs. Jonathan Pearce
Malcolm Gordon vs. Su Mudaerji
Nate Maness vs. Luke Sanders

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