MMA Fighting confirmed with people with knowledge of the change that the Roberson vs. Lungiambula middleweight bout will not take place at this Saturday’s UFC 256 card after Roberson tested positive for COVID-19.
The news was first broken by Lungiambula via Twitter.
To my family, friends, and team champion. Thank you so much for the love and support.— Dalcha Lungiambula (@Dalcha_Champion) December 7, 2020
My opponent @karlbabyk has been diagnosed with COVID-19, therefore @UFC has decided to move our fight to the 19th DECEMBER 2020. Wishing @K_babyk_roberson a speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/PI7fM3SJAY
Roberson later confirmed on Instagram that his bout with Lungiambula has been rescheduled for UFC Vegas 17 on Dec. 19.
Roberson (9-3) is hoping to close out his year with a win after losing a grudge match against Marvin Vettori in June. His UFC record fell to 4-3. The 2017 Contender Series signing hold’s UFC wins over Roman Kopylov, Wellington Turman, Jack Marshman, and Darren Stewart.
Lungiambula (10-2) seeks to improve on his 1-1 UFC record. He beat Dequan Townsend by third-round TKO in his UFC debut before falling to Magomed Ankalev in his next fight.
See the updated UFC 256 lineup below: