Alex Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega Pulled From UFC 260
The planned UFC Featherweight Title bout for UFC 260 has been scrapped.
UFC 260 is set to take place on Saturday night, March 27. In the main event, UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic will put his gold on the line against Francis Ngannou in a rematch. The new co-headliner appears to be Tyron Woodley vs. Vicente Luque.
Alex Volkanovski was expected to put his featherweight gold on the line against Brian Ortega in the co-main event. Due to a positive COVID-19 test on Volkanovski’s end, the title fight will have to take place another time.
Volkanovski issued the following statement on his Twitter account.
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) March 21, 2021
“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 before.”
Ortega also gave his response to the news (via BJPenn.com).
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“So you guys all heard, I don’t have to tell you anymore. But, Volkanovski tested positive for COVID. He’s done everything right. We’ve done everything right. I know you (Alex Volkanovski) would have taken the fight, even with COVID. That’s the type of human you are. I respect that. I hope you get better. I hope you heal up fast and we’ll postpone it and we will just reschedule it to when we’ve got to. Stay sharp. We’re staying sharp and whenever this [expletive] is meant to happen it will happen.”