By Danny Segura |
July 6, 2020 7: 45 pm
Pedro Munhoz is the current UFC fighter to test positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Brazilian bantamweight contender runs out his July 15 co-main event bout with Frankie Edgar happening on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi as part of the UFC’s “Battle Island” series. Munhoz’s elimination followed it was initially reported by Mixed Martial Arts Blend that he checked favorable for COVID-19 prior to Monday’s charter flight from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi. The news was consequently confirmed by UFC broadcast partner ESPN.
Munhoz did not respond to a text message from MMA Addict asking for comment. According to ESPN, the UFC is trying to find a replacement opponent for Edgar, who is looking to make his bantamweight launching.
Edgar sent out well wishes to Munhoz on Twitter
Sorry to hear you had a positive test @PedroMunhozmma wish you a speedy healing let know as soon as you’re ready to ditch, I’ll be waiting.
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 7, 2020
Sorry to hear you had a favorable test @PedroMunhozmma dream you a fast healing let know as soon as you’re all set to ditch, I’ll be waiting.
Munhoz (18 -4 Mixed Martial Arts, 8-4 UFC) is the 3rd fighter to be removed from the “Battle Island” events due to COVID-19 Gilbert Burns, who was expected to fight in the main occasion of UFC 251, and Anderson dos Santos also were pulled from their bouts after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Munhoz hasn’t contended in a year, with his last bout being a decision loss to Aljamain Sterling in June2019 The defeat snapped a three-fight winning streak, which included a knockout success over former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt.
On the other hand, Edgar’s much anticipated 135- pound launching is in limbo. The previous UFC lightweight champ is coming off a knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung last December.
The current UFC “Battle Island” 1 lineup includes:
- Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige
- Frankie Edgar vs. Opponent TBA
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Mounir Lazzez
- Chris Fishgold vs. Jared Gordon
- Modestas Bukauskas vs. Vinicius Moreira
- Molly McCann vs. Taila Santos
- Lerone Murphy vs. Ricardo Ramos
- John Phillips vs. Dusko Todorovic
- Ryan Benoit vs. Tim Elliott
- Diana Belbita vs. Liana Jojua
- Aaron Phillips vs. Jack Shore