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COVID strikes again, torpedoes another bout at UFC Vegas 20

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UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux v Menifield Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

UFC light heavyweight Alonzo Menifield recently tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the promotion to remove him from the upcoming UFC Vegas 20 lineup this Saturday night (Feb. 27) in Las Vegas, where the “Atomic” light heavyweight was scheduled to throw hands with 205-pound “Nightmare” William Knight.

That’s according to a report from MMA Junkie.

The current plan is to have Menifield vs. Knight shipped to an upcoming fight card while the former recovers from illness; however, as we saw in the case of Khamzat Chimaev, a few weeks can easily turn into a few months — or longer.

Menifield becomes the second UFC Vegas 20 fighter to be scratched by COVID. Earlier this week, Raoni Barcelos was pulled from his fight against Marcelo Rojo, though no attempt was made to salvage that bout and “Pitbull” will instead move on to fight Charles Jourdain on March 13.

For the updated UFC Vegas 20 fight card and lineup click here.