UFC Vegas 26 is now nine fights away after Amanda Ribas and her father tested positive for COVID-19 and were forced to withdraw from the event hours before it began.
Several people familiar with the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Saturday afternoon. UFC officials later confirmed Ribas’ withdrawal.
Ribas was scheduled to face Angela Hill in a strawweight bout on the main event card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. Ribas and his father, Marcelo Ribas, were not suffering from any symptoms of the virus, sources told MMA Fighting.
Ribas was making a comeback four months after her first UFC loss, a TKO setback to UFC Vegas 26 headline Marina Rodriguez at UFC 257 in January. She had already won four consecutive octagonal fights.
Hill was sidelined two months from a decisive victory over Ashley Yoder, her second loss to the octagonal vet. The victory broke a slippage of two fights.
UFC Vegas 26 is titled with a flyweight bout between Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson. Card lost two fights on Friday due to complications from weight loss and illness respectively.