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UFC Vegas 43 loses lightweight bout last second due to COVID-19

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Lightweight prospect Terrance McKinney will have to wait a little longer for his sophomore appearance as his bout with Fares Ziam later today (Sat., Nov. 20, 2021) at UFC Vegas 43 live on ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been scrapped due to COVID-19.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Dec 4, 2021, with a thrilling Bantamweight contenders’ bout that will see No. 4-ranked Rob Font battle No. 5-seeded Jose Aldo. In UFC Vegas 44’s co-main event, No. 12-ranked Lightweight contender, Brad Riddell, squares off with No. 14-seeded Rafael Fiziev in a striking fan’s dream fight.

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McKinney, who made a huge Octagon debut this past June with a seven-second knockout finish over Matt Frevola (see it HERE), announced the cancelation just moments ago on social media. According to “T. Wrecks,” one of his cornerman tested positive for COVID-19 and under UFC protocol the bout must be scrapped.

“Someone in my corner got Covid and they were forced to cancel my fight. I don’t have Covid, but they say due to risk exposure I can’t fight. Sorry y’all, I appreciate all the support and love. We’re workin hard to get the fight rescheduled ASAP.”

McKinney, 27, is one of the more exciting prospects in the 155-pound division today. He has won his last four fights all by first-round knockout with three of those coming in less than 17 seconds. Ziam, on the other hand, is a 24-year-old French prospect who has produced a 2-1 record since his Octagon debut in 2019. Their lightweight matchup is expected to be re-booked as soon as possible.

As a result of the last-second withdrawal, UFC Vegas 43 will now proceed with 11 total bouts. Check out the revised lineup below:

UFC Vegas 43 Main Event On ESPN+:

135 lbs.: Ketlen Vieira vs. Miesha Tate

UFC Vegas 43 Main Card On ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Michael Chiesa vs. Sean Brady
135 lbs.: Kyung Ho Kang vs. Rani Yahya
125 lbs.: Joanne Calderwood vs. Taila Santos
135 lbs.: Davey Grant vs. Adrian Yanez

UFC Vegas 43 ‘Prelims’ Card On ESPN+ (3 p.m. ET):

145 lbs.: Pat Sabatini vs. Tucker Lutz
155 lbs.: Rafa Garcia vs. Natan Levy
115 lbs.: Loopy Godinez vs. Loma Lookboonmee
125 lbs.: Cody Durden vs. Aori Qileng
145 lbs.: Shayilan Nuerdanbieke vs. Sean Soriano
115 lbs.: Sam Hughes vs. Luana Pinheiro

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 43 fight card right here, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” matches, which are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET, then the remaining main card balance on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET.