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COVID attacks UFC Vegas 17 lineup for third straight day, cancels yet another fight

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has suffered yet another casualty to its Dec. 19 lineup in Las Vegas, losing the Karl Roberson vs. Dalcha Lungiambula middleweight matchup after “Baby K” tested positive for COVID-19.

I guess now is a good time to mention that Roberson was bounced from UFC 256 earlier this month for the exact same reason, but I guess the promotion (wrongly) assumed he would be ship-shape by the time this weekend’s fight rolled around.

Here's a list of this week’s lineup changes to UFC Vegas 17, per UFC.com.

  • Rick Glenn is being removed from his lightweight bout with Carlton Minus. Stepping in for Glenn will be Christos Giagos, who makes his first Octagon appearance of 2020. This bout will now be at a catchweight of 160-pounds.
  • The welterweight bout between Belal Muhammad and Dhiego Lima has been canceled from the card and will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • The bantamweight bout between Aiemann Zahabi and Drako Rodriguez has been canceled from the card.
  • UFC middleweight Karl Roberson has withdrawn from his matchup against Dalcha Lungiambula and this bout has been canceled.

The original headliner pitting Leon Edwards against Khamzat Chimaev was also scratched after “Rocky” tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the promotion to elevate the Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal welterweight bout to main event.

See the updated UFC Vegas 17 fight card and lineup by clicking here.