Pedro Munhoz becomes the fourth Brazilian and fifth fighter in UFC to test positive for COVID-19, thus getting the fight cancelled in another Covid-case.
Earlier Anderson dos Santos, Marina Rodriguez, Vinicius Moreira, and Gilbert Burns were forced out of their respective bouts, it’s now the bantamweight contender who’s been forced out of a Fight Island card due to the coronavirus pandemic. Munhoz (18-4) was supposed to take on the former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar who boasts a record of 23-8.
This was the first time Edgar was headed to the bantomweight division for the first time. In a tweet, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani revealed that the company intends to keep the ‘Answer’ on the July 15 card and is looking for a short notice replacement already.
The company is looking for replacements for Edgar so that he can make his 135 debut . In his last fight, Pedro Munhoz (18-4) lost via unanimous decision to top contender Aljamain Sterling, back June 2019. Before that, the 33-year-old was on a three-fight winning streak, with victories over Brett Johns, Bryan Caraway and most recently, back in March 2019, former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt.
Munhoz was scheduled to take in Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 172’s co-main event on July 15. This is the same event where Rodriguez, Moreira and Santos were all expected to compete, but were removed because either they or (in Rodriguez’s case) a cornerman tested positive for COVID-19. A featherweight bout between contenders Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige is scheduled to headline the night.
Since the match is supposed happen in absence of fans, the promotion does not have to worry about the local timing of the event.