The heavyweight battle between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis has been pulled from Saturday night’s card in Las Vegas.
As per various sources addressing MMA Fighting on Friday, Blaydes tried positive for COVID-19, which clearly constrained the UFC to drop the headliner. There are initial discussions about rescheduling the heavyweight battle for a later date in December however nothing has been resolved at this point.
The news was first detailed by ESPN.
UFC is hoping to reschedule Lewis vs. Blaydes in December. pic.twitter.com/tGBLQq4JCT
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 27, 2020
Blaydes and Lewis were put on an impact course following ongoing successes where the two fighters mentioned an interest in the fight.
As of now riding a four-battle win streak, Blaydes has been determined to acquire a heavyweight title shot while taking out rivals, for example, Junior dos Santos and Alexander Volkov in ongoing exhibitions. The main flaws on Blaydes’ UFC record are a couple of misfortunes to Francis Ngannou however in any case he’s been undefeated with 10 triumphs inside the octagon.
Concerning Lewis, the previous heavyweight title competitor has gotten three successes straight covered off by a knockout over Aleksei Oleinik in his latest trip.
Lamentably it seems both Blaydes and Lewis should stand by until a later date to conceivably conflict since their headliner battle has been dropped.
The current co-headliner for the UFC Vegas 15 card includes a light-heavyweight standoff between Anthony Smith and Devin Clark.