UFC Vegas 8 Fight Night Smith vs Rakic: Ion Cutelaba coronavirus positive test
The UFC Vegas 8 Fight Night has been rocked by another coronavirus positive test.
Ion Cutelaba’s cursed light heavyweight re-match with Magomed Ankalaev was cancelled for the third time.
The UFC released a statement just hours before the start of the undercard to announce the fight had been cancelled because of a positive test to COVID-19.
Cutelaba tested positive earlier this month forcing the second cancellation of their re-match.
The UFC has not yet announced which of the fighters or members of their camps have tested positive.
The two fighters squared off at the official weigh-ins on Saturday (AEST).
Their re-match was first scheduled for April before global coronavirus restrictions saw an entire series of cards scrapped.
They first crossed paths in February when Ankalaev won a controversial fight with an early first round stoppage victory.
Commentators suggested the referees stopped the contest too early, leaving Cutelaba and his corner furious. Cutelaba officially protested the result in a bid to have the official result declared a no-contest, but the UFC upheld the original verdict.
Cutelaba is still waiting for his shot at revenge.
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The thrilling undercard was highlighted by a near stoppage win for Zak Cummings, who appeared to pull off a dramatic walk-off TKO, but was beaten by the bell.
Cummings landed a whipping leg kick to the head of Alessio Di Chirico with just one second left in the third round.
A stunned Di Chirico collapsed to the ground and then fell over again on wobbly legs after the final bell.
However, the referee ruled that Di Chirico survived to the end.
Headkick by @ZakCummings right at the final bell sent Di Chirico stumbling 😳 #UFCVegas8 pic.twitter.com/opfpqA7AS2
Cummings was awarded the win via a unanimous judges’ decision.
UFC VEGAS 8 FIGHT NIGHT: SMITH VS RAKIC
Main card on ESPN from 11am (AEST)
Anthony Smith vs Aleksandar Rakic light heavyweight main event
Neil Magny vs Robbie Lawler welterweight
Alexa Grasso vs Ji Yeon Kim women’s flyweight
Ricardo Lamas vs Bill Algeo featherweight
Preliminary card on ESPN from 8am (AEST)
Maki Pitolo vs Impa Kasanganay middleweight
Zak Cummings defeated Alessio Di Chirico via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Alex Caceres defeated Austin Springer via submission, Round 1
Sean Brady defeated Christian Aguilera via submission, Round 2
Polyana Viana defeated Emily Whitmire via submission, Round 2
Mallory Martin defeated Hannah Cifers via submission, Round 2
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