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UFC Vegas 9 down to 7 fights after Marcos Rogerio de Lima tests positive for COVID-19

Marcos Rogerio de Lima was booked to face Alexander Romanov at tonight's UFC Vegas 9.
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UFC Vegas 9 has taken another hit.

Moments after Thiago Moises was pulled from tonight’s card after testing positive for COVID-19, tests showed his fellow American Top Team fighter Marcos Rogerio de Lima is also infected by the virus, forcing the cancellation of his heavyweight clash with Alexander Romanov.

Multiple people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting. ATT coaches Katel Kubis and Leonardo “Macarrao” dos Santos also tested positive for the virus.

UFC broadcast partner ESPN also released an updated fight card on Saturday afternoon; De Lima vs. Romanov was absent.

The Fight Night event, which takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, is headlined by Alistair Overeem vs. Augusto Sakai and will now feature only seven bouts. Check the updated line-up below. Preliminary-card fights start at 7 p.m. ET, or one hour later than the original schedule.

The UFC released a statement Saturday afternoon confirming de Lima’s withdrawal and a seven-bout card kicking off at 7 p.m. ET.

Due to positive COVID-19 test results, the following bouts have been canceled from today’s card: Alexandr Romanov vs Marcos Rogerio De Lima and Thiago Moses vs Jalin Turner.

Additionally, as a precaution, Kevin Natividad has been removed from his bout against Brian Kelleher and will be replaced by Dana White Contender’s Series alum Ray Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who appeared on the show last season, has won 11 of his last 13 bouts.

UFC Fight Night, headlined by top 10 heavyweight contenders Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai, will move forward with a seven-bout card beginning at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT live from UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Here is the updated card for UFC Vegas 9:

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