Amanda Nunes Tests Positive for COVID-19; Bantamweight title defense canceled against Julianna Peña


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Amanda Nunes Tests Positive for COVID-19;  Bantamweight title defense canceled against Julianna Peña

Amanda Nunes, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, will have to wait a little longer for the next defense of her bantamweight championship.

The Brazilian tested positive for COVID, UFC business director Hunter Campbell told ESPN on Thursday, canceling her fight with Julianna Peña that was scheduled for Aug. 7 in Houston at the UFC 265 co-feature event.

Campbell said the plan is to reschedule the fight when Nunes is fully healthy and ready to compete. Nunes (21-7), 33, also holds the UFC featherweight championship, and is coming off a March win over Megan Anderson.

Peña (11-4), the UFC’s No. 5 bantamweight, scored a third-round submission victory over Sara McMann in January. The 31-year-old American from Venezuela’s two UFC losses came to Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie.


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