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Self sufficiency Ricky Simon says he’s out of Brian Kelleher fight after cornerman’s positive COVID-19 test


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Self sufficiency Ricky Simon says he’s out of Brian Kelleher fight after cornerman’s positive COVID-19 test

Ricky Simon won’t be fighting Brian Kelleher at UFC on ESPN+ 34. Simon (16-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) announced on Friday that he’s been removed from his bantamweight matchup with Kelleher (21-11 MMA, 5-4 UFC) on the Sept. 5 event in Las Vegas after one of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19. Below is his announcement…

Self sufficiency Ricky Simon says he’s out of Brian Kelleher fight after cornerman’s positive COVID-19 test

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Ricky Simon won’t be fighting Brian Kelleher at UFC on ESPN+ 34.

Simon (16-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) announced on Friday that he’s been removed from his bantamweight matchup with Kelleher (21-11 MMA, 5-4 UFC) on the Sept. 5 event in Las Vegas after one of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19.

Below is his announcement statement on social (via Twitter):

I just got the call that they are pulling me from the card due to one of my cornermen testing positive for Covid. I put in so much work for this fight and I was really looking forward to putting on a show for you guys. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. pic.twitter.com/bHg43523T2

— Ricky Simón (@RickySimonUFC) August 29, 2020

I just got the call that they are pulling me from the card due to one of my cornermen testing positive for Covid. I put in so much work for this fight and I was really looking forward to putting on a show for you guys. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement.

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Simon did not elaborate on the situation. He did not indicated he’d tested positive for coronavirus, which likely means the promotion pulled him from the card as a precautionary measure.

It’s unknown at this time if the promotion will seek a replacement opponent for Kelleher on one weeks’ notice or if the matchup will be rescheduled for a later date.

Simon most recently competed at UFC on ESPN+ 29 in May, outworking former title challenger Ray Borg to a split decision.

The latest UFC on ESPN+ 34 lineup now includes:

  • Alistair Overeem vs. Augusto Sakai
  • Alonzo Menifield vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Sijara Eubanks vs. Karol Rosa
  • Zelim Imadaev vs. Michel Pereira
  • Julia Avila vs. Nicco Montano
  • Brian Kelleher vs. opponent TBA
  • Viviane Araujo vs. Montana De La Rosa
  • Bartosz Fabinski vs. Andre Muniz
  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Alexander Romanov
  • Thiago Moises vs. Jalin Turner
  • Hunter Azure vs. Cole Smith

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