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COVID destroys UFC 264 bout just hours ahead of ‘McGregor vs Poirier 3’

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UFC 264 is scheduled to go down in less than two hours tonight (Sat. July 10, 2021) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the last second, the show has shrunken a half-hour shorter, as ESPN’s Marc Raimondi has revealed that a planned “Prelims” undercard bout between Yu Haozong and Alen Amedovski has been scrapped because of COVID-19 protocols relating to Amedovski’s camp.

Fortunately, this is far from the most-high profile fight of the night. Haozong (3-2) lost both of his previous UFC bouts and has not competed since 2018. Similarly, Amedovski (8-2) twice tasted defeat inside the Octagon, though he most recently competed in Sept. 2019.

Somehow, the show will go on!

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Perhaps a bit more concerning than the fight cancelation itself is the clip below. There’s UFC President, Dana White, directly in the grill of Amedovski ... the first bout of the night. Afterward, White interacted with every single match up on the card, including the main event duo Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

COVID-19 protocols? What COVID-19 protocols!

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 264 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

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