Sports

Amanda Nunes, the pound-for-pound best female fighter in the UFC, will have to wait a little longer for the next defense of her bantamweight championship.

She tested positive for COVID-19, UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell told ESPN on Thursday, canceling her fight with Julianna Peña that was scheduled for Aug. 7 in Houston in the co-main event of UFC 265.

Campbell said the plan is to reschedule the bout when Nunes is fully healthy and ready to compete. Nunes (21-7), 33, also holds the UFC’s featherweight championship. The fighter from Brazil is coming off a March tap-out victory over Megan Anderson.

Pena (11-4), UFC’s No. 5 bantamweight, scored a third-round submission victory over Sara McMann in January. The 31-year-old American’s two UFC defeats came against Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie.

Articles You May Like

‘Avatar,’ Spider-Man and Star Wars return to the big screen as summer box office winds down
Salman Rushdie was stabbed 12 times including in face and neck
NASA’s First Set of Small Satellites for SunRISE Mission Ready to Detect, Track Hazardous Space Weather Events
ISRO Completes LEM Test Ahead of Gaganyaan Project, Launches SPARK Virtual Space Museum: Details
Parts of UK hit by heavy rain and flooding as thunderstorms begin