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Sergey Spivak vs. Jared Vanderaa removed from UFC 256 due to positive COVID-19 test

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UFC 256 is down a heavyweight bout.

MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the change that the Sergey Spivak vs. Jared Vanderaa fight scheduled for UFC 256 this Saturday has been removed from the card due to Vanderaa testing positive for COVID-19.

The news was first confirmed by MMA Junkie, following reports on social media that the bout was no longer listed on several official schedules including a release from the UFC on Thursday.

Vanderaa also addressed the positive test on social media.


Yeah my fight is off for this weekend :( #mma #ufc #fyp

♬ In The End - Linkin Park

“My fight is off because I tested positive for COVID,” Vanderaa said. “Nothing wrong with me, I feel fine. My manager and all them are working to do what’s next.”

This was to be Vanderaa’s UFC debut after winning a contract on the Contender Series in November. Spivak has competed twice in 2020, with a decision loss to Marcin Tybura in February and a decision win over Carlos Felipe in July.

See the updated card for UFC 256 below:

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno

Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira

Renato Moicano vs. Rafael Fiziev

Ronaldo Souza vs. Kevin Holland

Junior dos Santos vs. Ciryl Gane

Cub Swanson vs. Daniel Pineda

Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba

Billy Quarantillo vs. Gavin Tucker

Tecia Torres vs. Sam Hughes

Chase Hooper vs. Peter Barrett