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Cody Stamann out of fight against Merab Dvalishvili, search underway for a replacement

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Cody Stamann (pictured, blue gloves) is out of his upcoming fight against Merab Dvalishvili
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Cody Stamann has been forced out of his upcoming fight against Merab Dvalishvili on the UFC card planned for Dec. 5 in Las Vegas.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Thursday following an initial report from Adjara Sport. Dvalishvili also confirmed the information in a post made on Facebook.

While Stamann is out of the fight, sources confirmed he did not personally test positive for COVID-19 as reports suggested but he has been forced to delay his return to action until after Dec. 5. Stamann has gone 2-1-1 in his past four fights including wins over Alejandro Perez and Brian Kelleher with a loss to Jimmie Rivera in his most recent outing.

As for Dvalishvili, the search is underway for a replacement opponent to face him on the Dec. 5 card.

The Georgia native has won his past five fights in a row including victories over Casey Kenney and John Dodson along the way.

The UFC card on Dec. 5 will be headlined by a middleweight bout between top-10 ranked contenders Darren Till and Jack Hermansson.