Which Fighter Is Officially Off Of UFC 251’s ‘Fight Island’ Event?

Earlier this week, the UFC 251 card was down a fighter, but for unknown reasons. Now, it was revealed that a positive COVID-19 test affected an early preliminary bout for the event.

Alexander Romanov was removed from his fight against Marcin Tybura this past week. It was finally revealed on Instagram by Romanov’s home gym that an initial test came back positive. A second test was performed, but it was unclear if it was a coronavirus test or just an antibody test. As a result, Romanov did not make it to “Fight Island” and instead will be self-isolating.

The post stated:

“Dear friends, we were all looking forward to Alexander Romanov’s debut in UFC, which was to take place this Saturday, July 11, 2020. Unfortunately, he and his team tested POSITIVE for Covid-19 on the 1st of July 2020 and even if the repeated test, done on the 3rd of July 2020 came back NEGATIVE, indicating only the presence of antibodies in one of the coaches’ system, Alexander Romanov has already been removed from the fight card, just as other four other foreign fighters who were going to fight Saturday at UFC 251. Alexander feels great, he trains in isolation and looks forward to his next fight in UFC. We wish him success and good health!”

Romanov (11-0) made his MMA debut in 2016. He has mainly competed for Eagles FC, and the 29-year-old from Moldova last fought in February 2019, beating Sergio Freitas via TKO.

Fighting Tybura (18-6) will now be Maxim Grishin (30-7), who is making his UFC debut. He last competed for the Professional Fighters League, going 4-0-2 with the promotion. The 36-year-old fought Jordan Johnson to a majority decision draw in the playoffs this past October.

Romanov now joins Marina Rodriguez, Pedro Munhoz, and UFC Welterweight Title contender Gilbert Burns as fighters who will no longer competing on “Fight Island” due to positive COVID-19 tests.

UFC 251 takes place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main event will be Kamaru Usman v. Jorge Masvidal for the UFC Welterweight Title, while the co-main event will be Alexander Volkanovski v. Max Holloway in a rematch for the UFC Featherweight Title. Another title fight will be Jose Aldo v. Petr Yan to determine a new UFC Bantamweight Champion.

 

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‼️ Dragi prieteni, cu toții așteptam cu nerăbdare debutul lui Alexandr Romanov în UFC, care urma să aibă loc în această sâmbătă, 11 iulie 2020. Din păcate, acesta și echipa lui au fost testați POZITIV la Covid-19 la data de 01.07.2020 și chiar dacă testul repetat, efectuat la 03.07.2020, a fost NEGATIV, indicând doar prezența anticorpilor la unul dintre antrenori, Alexandr Romanov a fost deja scos din fight card, la fel cum au mai fost excluși încă alți patru luptători străini ce urmau să se lupte sâmbătă la UFC 251. 😔 Alexandr se simte excelent, se antrenează în izolare și așteaptă următoarea sa luptă în UFC. Îi urăm succes și sănătate! 💪 ‼️ Dear friends, we were all looking forward to Alexander Romanov’s debut in UFC, which was to take place this Saturday, July 11, 2020. Unfortunately, he and his team tested POSITIVE for Covid-19 on the 1st of July 2020 and even if the repeated test, done on the 3rd of July 2020 came back NEGATIVE, indicating only the presence of antibodies in one of the coaches’ system, Alexander Romanov has already been removed from the fight card, just as other four other foreign fighters who were going to fight Saturday at UFC 251. 😔 Alexander feels great, he trains in isolation and looks forward to his next fight in UFC. We wish him success and good health! 💪 ‼️Дорогие друзья, мы все с нетерпением ждем дебюта Александра Романова в UFC, который должен был состояться в эту субботу, 11 июля 2020. К сожалению, для него и его команды тест на Covid-19 который они сдали 01.07.2020 дал положительный результат. И даже если повторный тест который провели 03.07.2020, был негативным, показывая наличие только антител у одного из тренеров, Александр Романов был уже снят с файт карта, также как были сняты ещё четверо иностранных бойцов которые должны были драться на UFC 251. 😔 Александр чувствует себя превосходно, тренируется изолировано и ждет поединка в UFC. Желаем только успеха и здоровья!!! 💪

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