At this point it’s easier to figure out who isn’t fighting at UFC Vegas 33.
Fight day has seen two more bouts nixed from the card, including the co-main event for the umpteenth time. Brazilian bantamweight Rani Yahya, an on the record anti-vaxxer, confirmed on his social media that he’s tested positive for COVID-19. Obviously his fight with Kyung Ho Kang is now off.
If you’re keeping score, the co-mains for this card that have been nixed are: Sam Alvey vs. Roman Kopylov, Chris Daukaus vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov, Nikolas Stolze vs. Mounir Lazzez, and now Kang vs. Yahya.
The new co-main event is Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula. I mean that’s the plan for now, because we still have a few hours for more cancellations to ravage this card.
As if that wasn’t enough, Nikolas Stolze vs. Jared Gooden has also been scratched from the event for reasons unknown as of this publish time. Gooden stepped up on short notice and made weight but evidently he won’t be fighting at all.
Update: Stolze vs. Gooden is now back on after COVID protocols had scrapped it inititally.
Stolze vs. Gooden is back on, per UFC officials. COVID protocols forced it off earlier this morning, but after doctor’s clearance it is good to go. Neither of the two fighters tested positive for COVID https://t.co/L5AK1nZ2FR— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) July 31, 2021
Here’s the new lineup:
Main Card (9 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN+)
Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland
Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula
Niklas Stolze vs. Jared Gooden
Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Witt
Collin Anglin vs. Melsik Baghdasayran
Preliminary Card (6:30 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN+)
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Rafa Garcia
Danny Chavez vs. Kai Kamaka III
Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Yoder
Ryan Benoit vs. Zarrukh Adashev
Phil Rowe vs. Orion Cosce