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An upcoming card has just lost its co-main event.
It appears that Jamahal Hill hasn’t recovered yet after testing positive for COVID-19. The Dana White’s Contender Series graduate was slated to clash with Paul Craig in the UFC on ESPN 21 co-feature, but announced he was positive a few days ago. On Wednesday morning, Craig took to his social media accounts to announce that his opponent hasn’t recovered yet and that the match is off.
Hill (8-0, 2-0 UFC) won his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract after overcoming Alexander Poppeck with punches and elbows at the 4:29 mark of their Contender Series encounter in July 2019. In his latest cage appearance, the Black Lion Jiu-Jitsu-representative smashed Ovince St. Preux with punches in the second stanza of their 205-pound co-main event at UFC on ESPN 19. Prior, he defeated with ease Klidson Abreu thanks to a first-round TKO victory that was overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after “Sweet Dreams” tested positive for marijuana.
Former Bamma champion Craig (14-4-1, 6-4-1 UFC) forced former UFC titleholder Mauricio Rua to tap to his punches 3:36 into Round 2 of their featured light heavyweight rematch most recently. The first time they met, “Bearjew” and “Shogun” fought to a split draw at UFC Fight Night 164. In between the two clashes with Rua, the Scottish fighter also submitted Gadzhimurad Antigulov via triangle choke in the opening stanza of their UFC on ESPN 14 encounter.
UFC on ESPN 21 will go down at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Mar. 20. The main event will pit Derek Brunson against Kevin Holland in a 185-pound clash.