UFC on ESPN 24 has taken another hit just hours before the beginning of the card.
Amanda Ribas has tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result, her strawweight bout with Angela Hill has been canceled. Ribas confirmed the news following an initial report from MMAFighting.com.
"So, guys, as you can see, my hair was ready, I was ready, I came here with negative tests, and then I received the news that I have (tested positive),” Ribas said in a video on her Instagram story. “I hope you guys can still send the vibes for me. Kisses!”
UFC on ESPN 24 will proceed with nine bouts. The event takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a flyweight showdown between Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez.
The card lost its original headliner of T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen when the former bantamweight champion had to withdraw after suffering a significant cut in training. Also, Philipe Lins pulled out of a heavyweight bout against Ben Rothwell after falling ill, and a flyweight clash pitting Ryan Benoit against Zarrukh Adashev was scrapped when Benoit was hospitalized following a difficult weight cut.
Ribas had a five-bout winning streak snapped in her last outing, when she suffered a second-round TKO loss against Rodriguez at UFC 257. Hill, meanwhile, ended a two-bout skid with a three-round verdict over Ashley Yoder at UFC Fight Night 187.
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