On Saturday, news broke about Alexander Volkanovski’s removal from his UFC 260 title fight against Brian Ortega due to COVID-19 protocols. Hours later, the champion himself released a statement, confirming he tested positive for the virus.
So devastated to share that I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and my fight is off and will be rescheduled. I tested negative leaving Australia, negative before entering the UFC bubble but my latest test was positive.
We have worked so hard getting ready for this fight and I’m absolutely gutted this has happened. We followed every policy and process to remain COVID-free but it wasn’t meant to be this time.
Thanks to everyone here in the States for your support since arriving and to everyone back home and around the world for your positive messages. To my fans, I’m certain I’ll be bouncing back stronger than ever.
Volkanovski vs. Ortega was supposed to be one of two title fights for UFC 260. Headlining the card is the heavyweight championship rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.