Austin Vanderford out of Bellator 246 due to positive COVID-19 test

Austin Vanderford | Bellator MMA Austin Vanderford has been removed from next Saturday’s Bellator 246 card due to a positive COVID-19 test. Replacing Vanderford in his scheduled middleweight bout with Daniel Madrid (17-6) will be a returning Pat Casey (6-2). MMA Fighting confirmed the fight with people with knowledge of the new booking following an initial report by MMA Junkie. According to a post Vanderford made on Instagram, it is the second positive test he has had for the coronavirus. View this post on Instagram Unfortunately I won’t be able to compete for @bellatormma next weekend. I tested positive for COVID (a second time now). To say it’s a bummer is a serious understatement. But I’m going to rest up and recover now. I’ll be ready to go ASAP . Stay healthy and safe. A post shared by Austin Vanderford (@austinv170mma) on Sep 5, 2020 at 7:12am PDT “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete for Bellator next weekend,” Vanderford wrote. “I tested positive for COVID (a second time now). To say it’s a bummer is a serious understatement. But I’m going to rest up and recover now. I’ll be ready to go ASAP. Stay Healthy and safe.” Vanderford (9-0) is unbeaten in three appearances for Bellator since making his debut for the promotion in February 2019. This will be Casey’s fourth fight for Bellator. Casey (6-2) has competed sporadically for the promotion, most recently stepping into the Bellator cage in February 2019 when he lost by third-round submission to Nekruz Mirkhojaev. Earlier this year, he fought at a Premier Fighting Championship show in Massachussetts in February, losing to Yu Ji. Madrid (17-6) makes his Bellator debut on the strength of four consecutive wins. In his previous two appearances for the Legacy Fighting Alliance, Madrid defeated both Chris Harris and UFC veteran Seth Baczynski by first-round submission. He has 15 submission victories in his pro career. Bellator 246 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on Sept. 12. It is the second of back-to-back shows for the promotion this upcoming weekend. Both events will air on Paramount Network and the DAZN streaming service. In the Bellator 246 main event, Juan Archuleta and Patchy Mix compete for a vacant bantamweight title.

Austin Vanderford out of Bellator 246 due to positive COVID-19 test
Austin Vanderford | Bellator MMA

Austin Vanderford has been removed from next Saturday’s Bellator 246 card due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Replacing Vanderford in his scheduled middleweight bout with Daniel Madrid (17-6) will be a returning Pat Casey (6-2). MMA Fighting confirmed the fight with people with knowledge of the new booking following an initial report by MMA Junkie.

According to a post Vanderford made on Instagram, it is the second positive test he has had for the coronavirus.

View this post on Instagram

Unfortunately I won’t be able to compete for @bellatormma next weekend. I tested positive for COVID (a second time now). To say it’s a bummer is a serious understatement. But I’m going to rest up and recover now. I’ll be ready to go ASAP . Stay healthy and safe.

A post shared by Austin Vanderford (@austinv170mma) on

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete for Bellator next weekend,” Vanderford wrote. “I tested positive for COVID (a second time now). To say it’s a bummer is a serious understatement. But I’m going to rest up and recover now. I’ll be ready to go ASAP. Stay Healthy and safe.”

Vanderford (9-0) is unbeaten in three appearances for Bellator since making his debut for the promotion in February 2019.

This will be Casey’s fourth fight for Bellator. Casey (6-2) has competed sporadically for the promotion, most recently stepping into the Bellator cage in February 2019 when he lost by third-round submission to Nekruz Mirkhojaev. Earlier this year, he fought at a Premier Fighting Championship show in Massachussetts in February, losing to Yu Ji.

Madrid (17-6) makes his Bellator debut on the strength of four consecutive wins. In his previous two appearances for the Legacy Fighting Alliance, Madrid defeated both Chris Harris and UFC veteran Seth Baczynski by first-round submission. He has 15 submission victories in his pro career.

Bellator 246 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on Sept. 12. It is the second of back-to-back shows for the promotion this upcoming weekend. Both events will air on Paramount Network and the DAZN streaming service.

In the Bellator 246 main event, Juan Archuleta and Patchy Mix compete for a vacant bantamweight title.

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Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gerald Meerschaert in the works for UFC event on Sept. 19
Khamzat Chimaev | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

A middleweight showdown between highly touted prospect Khamzat Chimaev and Gerald Meerschaert is currently in the works for the upcoming UFC event on Sept. 19.

Multiple sources confirmed the planned pairing to MMA Fighting following an initial report from Combate.

Since making his octagon debut in July, Chimaev has quickly become one of the most talked-about fighters on the entire UFC roster. The Russian born fighter made an impressive debut by tearing through John Phillips in just over a minute into their fight on July 15 before making a quick turn around and doing almost the exact same thing to Rhys McKee 10 days later.

Chimaev wanted to return to action again in August, but travel issues prevented the UFC from booking him on a card in the United States at the time. Now with his visa secured, Chimaev is expected to come to America for the fight on Sept. 19.

As for Meerschaert, he’s looking to get back in the win column after losing to Ian Heinisch in his last outing at UFC 250 in June. He was originally scheduled to fight on Aug. 1, but was pulled from a scheduled bout against Ed Herman after testing positive for COVID-19.

Now it appears Meerschaert will look to pull off the upset against arguably the hottest prospect in the entire sport in Chimaev. In an odd wrinkle, UFC President Dana White recently revealed that the promotion is also working on a welterweight fight between Chimaev and two-time UFC title challenger Demian Maia for a future Fight Island card.

The planned double booking did not sit well with Meerschaert:

The Sept. 19 UFC card will be headlined by a grudge match between Colby Covington and former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

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