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Amanda Nunes has COVID-19; title fight at UFC 265 canceled

June 6, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Amanda Nunes of Brazil punches Felicia Spencer of Canada in their UFC featherweight championship bout  during UFC 250 at the UFC APEX.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports
June 6, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Amanda Nunes of Brazil punches Felicia Spencer of Canada in their UFC featherweight championship bout during UFC 250 at the UFC APEX. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports

Amanda Nunes’ bantamweight title defense against Julianna Pena at UFC 265 is off after Nunes tested positive for COVID-19.

A UFC business official told ESPN of Nunes’ situation Thursday, later verified by other reports.

Nunes (21-4 MMA, 14-1 UFC) and Pena (10-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) were set to fight at UFC 265 on Aug. 7 in Houston. They were supposed to be the co-main event alongside an interim heavyweight title bout between Derrick Lewis and Cyril Gane.

MMA Junkie reported that the Nunes-Pena fight could be rescheduled for December.

Nunes would have entered the fight with a 12-match winning streak on her side. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner hasn’t lost since September 2014 and has defeated Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm in that time.

–Field Level Media