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Felipe Colares tests positive for COVID-19, out of UFC Vegas 13 fight with Gustavo Lopez

MMA: UFC Fight Night-San Antonio-Pilarte vs ColaresFelipe Colares was infected by the novel coronavirus and can’t compete Saturday. | Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Gustavo Lopez needs a new opponent for this week’s UFC Vegas 13 after Brazilian bantamweight Felipe Colares tested positive for COVID-19, MMA Fighting confirmed following a report from Globo.

“I wasn’t feeling any symptom,” Colares told MMA Fighting on Sunday. “I was having one of the best camps of my life, actually, but God knows what He does.”

The UFC is currently searching for a replacement to step in and face Lopez (11-5) on Nov. 7. The former Combate Americas bantamweight champion is pursuing his first UFC victory after losing a decision to Merab Dvalishvili in his octagon debut in June.

Colares (9-2), a former Jungle Fight bantamweight titleholder, won one of three since joining the company in 2019, a split decision over Domingo Pilarte sandwiched between losses to Geraldo de Freitas and Montel Jackson.

UFC Vegas 13 will take place at the UFC APEX on Nov. 7 and feature Thiago Santos vs. Glover Teixeira as the headliner.

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