The UFC’s 1st event of 2021 has misplaced a bantamweight battle.
Various folks with knowledge of the promotion’s options verified on Friday to MMA Fighting that a constructive COVID-19 check has compelled Brian Kelleher to withdraw from his scheduled matchup with Ricky Simon at UFC Fight Island 7, which will take location Jan. 16 in Abu Dhabi. For every sources, Kelleher is not suffering from any signs and symptoms of the virus. MyMMANews.com was initially to report that the struggle is no extended getting area on the card.
As of now, there is no phrase on irrespective of whether the UFC is seeking for a substitution for Simon, or if the matchup will be rescheduled.
Kelleher entered 2020 on the last fight of his current deal and submitted Ode Osbourne in the first round at UFC 246, which earned him a new offer with the promotion. “Boom” finished the yr 3-1, which also involved finishes of Hunter Azure and Ray Rodriguez.
Simon competed as soon as in 2020 and picked up a break up decision earn more than Ray Borg at UFC Jacksonville in May. The victory snapped a two-struggle shedding streak for the 28-12 months-outdated.