COVID-19 infection pulls fighter from UFC on ESPN 12

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a late shuffle to this weekend s UFC card. Ramiz Brahimaj will have to wait a little longer to make his UFC debut. The LFA veteran has been pulled from his fight with Takashi Sato at this weekend s UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker card after one of his corners tested positive for COVID-19.

According to MMA Fighting the news of Brahimaj s removal was announced by the UFC late on Thursday night. The promotion also announced that they had found a short notice replacement for Brahimaj.

Replacing Brahimaj will be UFC newcomer Jason Witt, pending medical clearance including a COVID-19 test, said the UFC. 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.

This weekend s UFC show, which sees Dustin Poirier fight Dan Hooker in the main event, is taking place at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, NV. The UFC s past four shows have taken place at the APEX, without fans, due to restrictions on social gatherings that have been in place since the outbreak of COVID-19.

At last week s UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov Matt Frevola was pulled from the card after one of his corners, UFC lightweight Billy Quarantillo, tested positive for COVID-19. Frevola was replaced by Justin Jaynes. Jaynes then defeated Frank Camacho by first round TKO.