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Ion Cutelaba vs. Magomed Ankalaev removed from UFC Vegas 8 following positive COVID-19 test

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Norfolk-Cutelaba vs Ankalaev Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

The anticipated rematch between light heavyweight finishers Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cutelaba can’t seem to get off the ground, as a positive COVID-19 test for “Hulk” has removed the matchup from tonight’s (Sat., Aug. 29, 2020) UFC Vegas 8 card live on ESPN+ from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC officials released the following statement on Friday:

“Due to a positive COVID-19 test, Ion Cutelaba’s light heavyweight fight against Magomed Ankalaev has been removed from today’s undercard and will be rescheduled for a later date.”

The news is a bit concerning considering Cutelaba tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and the rematch was postponed then as well. It is unknown at this time if “Hulk” contracted the virus a second time or never fully recovered from his initial exposure.

In any case, this is a major blow to the UFC Vegas 8 card and another missed opportunity to see another round between the two light heavyweight strikers.

UFC Vegas 8, which will be headlined by a light heavyweight collision between Anthony Smith and Aleksandar Rakic, will now move forward with 10 total fights.

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