The lineup for UFC Fight Night 176 continues to shrink.
According to MMAFighting.com, Marcos Rogerio de Lima has tested positive for COVID-19, and his heavyweight matchup with Alexander Romanov has been removed from Saturday’s card. UFC broadcast partner ESPN has since released an updated fight card, and Lima vs. Romanov was absent from the lineup.
Lima trains at American Top Team in Florida. Fellow ATT fighter Thiago Moises also tested positive for the virus on Saturday, forcing the cancellation of his lightweight clash with Jalin Turner. According to MMAFighting, ATT coaches Katel Kubis and Leonardo “Macarrao” dos Santos also tested positive for COVID-19.
UFC Fight Night 176 will proceed with seven bouts. The card takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight duel between Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai. The card airs in its entirety on ESPN+ beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
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