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Aiemann Zahabi announces withdrawal from UFC Vegas 17 due to positive COVID-19 test

Aiemann Zahabi | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

A positive COVID-19 test has forced Aiemann Zahabi out of UFC Vegas 17.

Zahabi was scheduled to fight Drako Rodriguez in a bantamweight bout on Saturday at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. But on Thursday, he announced via social media his withdrawal from the card.

“For my pre-flight COVID-19 test I ended up getting a positive result, and I ended up getting sick for a couple of days, so I was not able to fly out to Las Vegas to compete this Saturday,” Zahabi said in a recorded message.

The 33-year-old Canadian wrote in the accompanying caption that his COVID-19 symptoms have not been “too bad so far.”

Per a UFC official, a replacement opponent will not be available for Rodriguez, leaving UFC Vegas 17 with 13 fights.

See the updated card below:

Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal

Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Vera

Khaos Williams vs. Michel Pereira

Marlon Moraes vs. Rob Font

Gillian Robertson vs. Taila Santos

Marcin Tybura vs. Greg Hardy

Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Morono

Sijara Eubanks vs. Pannie Kianzad

Karl Roberson vs. Dalcha Lungiambula

Deron Winn vs. Antonio Arroyo

Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jamie Pickett

Cody Durden vs. Jimmy Flick

Carlton Minus vs. Christos Giagos

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