UFC 266 is one bout smaller due to a positive COVID-19 test.
The women’s flyweight fight between Manon Fiorot and Mayra Bueno Silva will no longer happen as part of Saturday’s card. The bout was canceled Wednesday after Fiorot (who is asymptomatic) and her team tested positive for COVID-19.
A person with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie of the cancellation after an initial report by ESPN Deportes. The person, who asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement, added the matchup is expected to remain intact and be rescheduled for the promotion’s Oct. 16 event in Las Vegas.
France’s Fiorot (7-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has dominated thus far in her promotional stint, as she’s notched two second-round knockouts through as many UFC appearances. Meanwhile, Bueno Silva (7-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) has accumulated mixed results thus far in her UFC tenure with one win, one loss, and one draw.
With the change, the UFC 266 lineup includes:
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
Karl Roberson vs. Nick Maximov
Martin Sano vs. Matthew Semelsberger
Omar Morales vs. Jonathan Pearce