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UFC 272: Rafael Fiziev tests positive for COVID-19, forced out of Rafael dos Anjos fight (again)

A highly-anticipated Lightweight fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev has once again been scratched. The bout was originally set to take place on Feb. 19, 2022, but was ultimately moved to UFC 272 this weekend (Sat., March 5, 2022) after Fiziev encountered visa issues. Now, the fight is off once again after Fiziev came down with COVID-19.

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In an interesting twist, dos Anjos was informed of the unfortunate news by Ariel Helwani while he was live on-air in the middle of an interview on The MMA Hour. Soon thereafter, Fiziev confirmed the news via Twitter:

As far as dos Anjos is concerned, he is hoping the promotion finds a late replacement for him to salvage the full fight camp he put in, saying he is willing to take on any and all comers. Luckily for him, there seems to be a willing volunteer ready to fill the void after Renato Moicano threw his name in the ring.

Color Islam Makhachev interested, too:

Moicano is currently on a two-fight win streak and is fresh off a second round submission win over Alexander Hernandez, which took place at UFC 271 on Feb. 12. Makhachev, meanwhile, just extended his current win streak to 10 in a row, defeating Bobby Green via first-round technical knockout (watch highlights). For now, dos Anjos will have to sit idle to see if the promotion is willing to allow Moicano and/or Makhachev to step in.

Keep it tuned to MMAmania for future updates regarding this developing story.


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