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Alejandro Perez out of Thomas Almeida fight at UFC on ESPN+ 37

Thomas Almeida needs a new opponent for his long-awaited return to the octagon this month at UFC on ESPN+ 37.

Alejandro Perez (21-8-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC), who was scheduled to face Almeida (21-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in a bantamweight bout on the Oct. 10 card, which takes place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, has been forced out due to a reported positive coronavirus test.

MMA Junkie verified news of Perez’s removal from the matchup with a person close to the situation following an initial report from

The promotion now seeks a new opponent for Almeida, who hasn’t competed since a TKO loss to Rob Font at UFC 220 in January 2018. The Brazilian, who was once unbeaten at 20-0, hasn’t won since November 2016.

The latest UFC on ESPN+ 37 lineup now includes:

  • Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen
  • Edson Barboza vs. Makwan Amirkhani
  • Ben Rothwell vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Dricus Du Plessis vs. Markus Perez
  • Tom Aspinall vs. Alan Baudot
  • Thomas Almeida vs. opponent TBA
  • Ilia Topuria vs. Youssef Zalal
  • K.B. Bhullar vs. Tom Breese
  • Chris Daukaus vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
  • Joaquin Buckley vs. Impa Kasanganay
  • Ali Alqaisi vs. Tony Kelley
  • Giga Chikadze vs. Omar Morales
  • Tracy Cortez vs. Stephanie Egger
  • Bruno Silva vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
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