UFC 256 has been ravaged due to COVID-19 and other issues and this Saturday’s pay-per-view has taken two more hits.
Welterweight Dwight Grant confirmed on his Instagram page that he tested positive for COVID-19 and will no longer be fighting Li Jingliang this Saturday. It’s not yet known whether Jingliang will remain on the card. Middleweight Karl Roberson also contracted the virus, but his fight with Dalcha Lungiambula has been moved to UFC Vegas 17 on December 19th. These two stories follow Angela Hill confirming she’s out of her rematch with Tecia Torres for the same reason.
If no replacements are found to fight Torres and Jingliang respectively, then UFC 256 will only have ten fights.
Here’s the updated lineup. Once again, the card is subject to change.
Renato Moicano vs. Rafael Fiziev
Kevin Holland vs. Ronaldo Souza
Junior dos Santos vs. Ciryl Gane
Cub Swanson vs. Daniel Pineda
Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba
Gavin Tucker vs. Billy Quarantillo
Sergey Spivak vs. Jared Vanderaa
Chase Hooper vs. Peter Barrett