The preliminary card of UFC on ESPN 12 featured a welterweight bout as debutant Ramiz Brahimaj was scheduled to take on veteran Takashi Sato.
However unfortunately Brahimaj has been pulled out of the bout as one of his cornerman has tested positive for COVID-19. He will be replaced by fellow UFC newcomer Jason Witt.
“Due to a positive COVID-19 test result from one of his cornermen, Ramiz Brahimaj has been removed from his bout against Takashi Sato”, announced the UFC.
“Replacing Brahimaj will be UFC newcomer Jason Witt, pending medical clearance including a COVID-19 test. As a result, the commission has agreed to weigh in Witt separately and he will not participate in tomorrow’s official weigh-ins and faceoffs.”
Apparently Brahimaj hasn’t been the only one!
MMA through UFC became the first sport in the world to return after the COVID-19 pandemic. The premium organization of the sport hosted three cards starting from May 9 within a span of only a week.
Middleweight Ian Heinisch was scheduled to fight at UFC 250 earlier this month. He was pulled out of the fight as well after one of his cornerman was tested positive. However his cornerman was retested awhich came out to be negative, thus keeping the fight intact. Lightweight Matt Frevola was scheduled to fight Frank Camacho last weekend. However he was pulled from the fight after cornerman and UFC featherweight Billy Quarantillo tested positive.
Recently in an interview, UFC President Dana White revealed that he has been planning for a second lockdown as a ‘worst case scenario’.
“Four months ago, I could have told you anything about this business. Where we were going, what was going to happen. I don’t know now,” White said during a UFC on ESPN 11 press day. “So all I do is sit around and strategize and plan. I’m planning for a second shutdown, that it will happen again. I’m always thinking about the worst.”