UFC 266 looks a little different midway through fight week.

On Wednesday, the promotion announced that Karl Roberson has been removed from his middleweight bout due to illness. In his place, Dana White’s Contender Series alum Cody Brundage steps in to meet Nick Maximov.

The women’s flyweight bout between Manon Fiorot and Mayra Bueno Silva was scrapped from UFC 266 due to COVID-19 protocols. As MMA Junkie previously reported, Fiorot (who is asymptomatic) and her team tested positive for the virus.

The UFC also confirmed that the rematch between Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler will be contested at middleweight instead of welterweight as originally agreed upon after Diaz asked for the change. Earlier Wednesday, Lawler indicated he had agreed to the last-minute change.

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With the changes, here’s the updated UFC 266 lineup:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

Champ Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title
Champ Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy – for women’s flyweight title
Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPNews, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Dan Hooker
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Taila Santos

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)

Uros Medic vs. Jalin Turner
Cody Brundage vs. Nick Maximov
Martin Sano vs. Matthew Semelsberger
Omar Morales vs. Jonathan Pearce

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