UFC Vegas 31 has suffered a last-second setback because of a positive COVID-19 test in Anderson dos Santos’ camp, according to Miles Johns, who was slated to tangle with the Brazilian later this evening (Sat., July 17, 2021). As a result, the promotion had no choice but to remove dos Santos from the Bantamweight bout — which was set to go down on the ESPN / ESPN+ “Pelims” undercard — as is standard per the promotion’s health and safety protocols.
“It’s with great regret that I have to inform you all that I will not be fighting this evening,” Johns in an Instagram post. “My opponent/camp tested positive for covid so the fight is off. I want to wish him a speedy recovery, want to thank the UFC for the opportunity but mainly want apologize to everyone who was looking forward to watching me fight today.
“I promise you there is nothing I would rather be doing than putting on a show for you all this evening,” he continued. “Thank you all for the love and support. It truly means the world to me. I hope to have some fight news for you soon but in the meantime we will stay focused and stay positive. Let’s keep moving forward!”
Johns was hoping to keep the momentum he had going after a knockout win over Kevin Natividad. Dos Santos, meanwhile, was also looking to score back-to-back wins following his first round submission win over Martin Day in Nov. 2020.
No word yet on whether this fight will be rescheduled for a later date. For now, the ESPN+-streamed event — which is headlined by a Lightweight bout between Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises — will proceed with 10 fights.
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