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Mike Grundy out, Nik Lentz now faces Movsar Evloev at UFC 257

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COVID-19 has forced Mike Grundy out of his fight with Nik Lentz. In his place, Movsar Evloev will now face the ‘Carny’.

UFC Fight Night: Allen v Lentz Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

A positive COVID-19 test in Mike Grundy’s camp has forced him out of UFC 257, and his original opponent Nik Lentz will now fight Movsar Evloev.

MMA DNA first reported the change in opponent for the event. Grundy revealed on social media this past Sunday that a member of his team had tested positive for COVID-19.

Lentz (30-11-2, 1 NC) hasn’t fought since last January, losing a unanimous decision to Arnold Allen. The UFC veteran Lentz hasn’t won a fight at featherweight since May 2014.

The undefeated Evloev (13-0) last fought when the promotion first visited Fight Island in July of last year, defeating Grundy by decision. A positive COVID-19 test forced Evloev out of a fight at UFC Vegas 16 this past December.

UFC 257 takes place on January 23rd at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The event will be headlined by a rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.