The Bantamweight title fight between Champion Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena will not be taking place at UFC 265 which takes place on the 7th of August.
Nunes (21-4 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who was looking forward to make her ……. defence of the title against Pena (10-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has been forced off the card after returning a positive COVID 19 result with less than few days to fight week.
The information was announced by the UFC Chief Of Business Hunter Campbell to the promotions business partners ESPN on Wednesday and we at Dopeclics made a confirmation from a person close to the situation.
The UFC 265 fight card takes place on Saturday night of July 7th at the Toyota Centre. The Main Card streams on Pay-Per-View, following Prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
Amanda Nunes’ Wife Nina further gave a clearer information of the situation in Nunes’ camp, saying three members of their home have tested positive to the deadly virus COVID 19 and despite not giving a vivid information on the severity of the situation, it clearly is enough to rule her out of the fight with Pena.
Pena remains the No, 1 contender for Nunes’ title and the promotion will take up the responsibility of rescheduling their meeting for a date in future. However, there are rumours that the fight heads for a date in December.
Nunes was hoping to make her second appearance this year after making a defence of her featherweight title back in March against Megan Anderson at UFC 259. Nunes also posted the update on her Instagram confirming the situation.
The Updated UFC 265 Fight card
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane – for interim heavyweight title
Jose Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz
Michael Chiesa vs. Vicente Luque
Casey Kenney vs. Song Yadong
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN2, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Angela Hill vs. Tecia Torres
Rafael Fiziev vs. Bobby Green
Ed Herman vs. Alonzo Menifield
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jessica Penne
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN2, ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
Anderson Dos Santos vs. Miles Johns
Manel Kape vs. Ode Osbourne
Melissa Gatto vs. Victoria Leonardo
Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez
Johnny Munoz vs. Jamey Simmons