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Cody Garbrandt tests positive for Covid-19 – Ahead of November title fight

Another main event fighter has now been afflicted with Covid

Since the global pandemic began, the UFC has led the way in terms of the return of sports. The promotion has held 16 events since the outbreak of Covid-19 and for the most part the UFC has handled any cases of fighters getting infected quite smoothly. Now, ahead of his planned November flyweight title fight with Deiveson Figuereido, former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has contracted Covid-19.

Brazilian outlet AG Fight were first to report the news. Garbrandt and reigning flyweight champion Figureido are scheduled to throw down at UFC 255 on November 21st at a venue that has not yet been decided. Despite the negative news, the fight is expected to continue, as Garbrandt has plenty of time to recover from the virus and his athleticism should by all accounts prevent any serious risk. So far the bout is expected to continue as planned.

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UFC 255 will mark Garbrandt’s debut at 125 lbs, as he has spent most of his career at bantamweight. He became UFC bantamweight champion in December 2016 after defeating Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision. He then suffered back-to-back knockout losses to TJ Dillashaw, and then yet another KO loss to Pedro Munhoz, rounding out his three fight losing streak. After over a year away from the octagon, Garbrandt returned to action against Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250, winning via second round knockout.

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