Rafael Fiziev Tests Positive For Covid-19, Withdraws From UFC 272

UFC 272 has lost its co-main event to Covid-19.

Rafael Fiziev has tested positive for Covid-19 and is forced to withdraw from his anticipated matchup against Rafael dos Anjos this coming Saturday on pay-per-view. This is the second time the 155-pound fight has hit a roadblock; the first was postponed from a UFC Fight Night after Fiziev had visa issues and couldn’t get into the U.S.

“I’m devastated to announce that I’m out of the fight,” Fiziev wrote on social media. I had a great camp and was ready to put on the show. I flew all the way to Vegas from Thailand just to get sick with covid. For three days I’m in hotel bed with fever, bones pain and cough.”

Fiziev’s manager, Daniel Rubenstein, announced the news on Monday on the MMA Hour.

It’s unclear if Dos Anjos will stay on the lineup for Saturday.

Saturday was Fiziev’s chance to take a huge step over his experienced opponent and excel further in the lightweight division.

A non-title grudge match between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington will headline UFC 272.

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