UFC Vegas 9 down to 7 fights after Marcos Rogerio de Lima tests positive for COVID-19

Marcos Rogerio de Lima was booked to face Alexander Romanov at tonight’s UFC Vegas 9. | Zuffa LLC

UFC Vegas 9 has taken another hit.

Moments after Thiago Moises was pulled from tonight’s card after testing positive for COVID-19, tests showed his fellow American Top Team fighter Marcos Rogerio de Lima is also infected by the virus, forcing the cancellation of his heavyweight clash with Alexander Romanov.

Multiple people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting. ATT coaches Katel Kubis and Leonardo “Macarrao” dos Santos also tested positive for the virus.

UFC broadcast partner ESPN also released an updated fight card on Saturday afternoon; De Lima vs. Romanov was absent.

The Fight Night event, which takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, is headlined by Alistair Overeem vs. Augusto Sakai and will now feature only seven bouts. Check the updated line-up below. Preliminary-card fights start at 7 p.m. ET, or one hour later than the original schedule.

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