Kyle Driscoll vs. Dinis Paiva added to Dana White’s Contender Series event on Sept. 15

DWCS LLC via Getty Images A pair of featherweight prospects will battle it out for their opportunity to earn a UFC contract next month. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Kyle Driscoll and Dinis Paiva will meet on Dana White’s Contender Series on Sept. 15. The event will take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas and will stream on ESPN+. Driscoll enters the contest on an impressive six-fight winning streak, which includes victories in LFA and Combate Americas. In his most recent appearance, the American Kickboxing Academy standout picked up a unanimous decision win over 50-fight veteran Rey Trujillo at Combate 48: Garland. The 26-year-old hasn’t tasted defeat in over three years. After a 3-5 start to his pro career, Paiva has won 10 of 12 and has become one of the top featherweights on the New England regional scene. “Sweetbread” enters the bout a winner of his last two, picking up a first-round TKO win over Antonio Castillo Jr. and Tim Dooling for CES MMA. The Rhode Island native has shared the cage with current UFC fighters Andre Ewell and Jordan Espinosa, whom he defeated via unanimous decision in January 2017. The bout will join another featherweight contest slated for the card between Oron Kahlon and Collin Anglin.

Kyle Driscoll vs. Dinis Paiva added to Dana White’s Contender Series event on Sept. 15
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A pair of featherweight prospects will battle it out for their opportunity to earn a UFC contract next month.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Kyle Driscoll and Dinis Paiva will meet on Dana White’s Contender Series on Sept. 15. The event will take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas and will stream on ESPN+.

Driscoll enters the contest on an impressive six-fight winning streak, which includes victories in LFA and Combate Americas. In his most recent appearance, the American Kickboxing Academy standout picked up a unanimous decision win over 50-fight veteran Rey Trujillo at Combate 48: Garland. The 26-year-old hasn’t tasted defeat in over three years.

After a 3-5 start to his pro career, Paiva has won 10 of 12 and has become one of the top featherweights on the New England regional scene. “Sweetbread” enters the bout a winner of his last two, picking up a first-round TKO win over Antonio Castillo Jr. and Tim Dooling for CES MMA. The Rhode Island native has shared the cage with current UFC fighters Andre Ewell and Jordan Espinosa, whom he defeated via unanimous decision in January 2017.

The bout will join another featherweight contest slated for the card between Oron Kahlon and Collin Anglin.

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Giga Chikadze withdrawal from UFC Vegas 8 was due to positive COVID-19 test

Giga Chikadze | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC has announced that Giga Chikadze’s withdrawal from his fight with Alex Caceres was due to a positive coronavirus test. Chikadze was scheduled to face Caceres in a featherweight bout this Saturday at UFC Vegas 8 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, but it was reported earlier this week that he was pulled from the bout. Adjarasport.com was first to report that Chikadze’s withdrawal was due to testing positive for COVID-19 and officials confirmed the news Friday. Chikadze was initially replaced by Kevin Croom, but Croom was pulled from the short-notice booking for undisclosed reasons and Austin Springer is now currently slated to fight Caceres. See the UFC’s official statement here: Due to a positive COVID-19 test from Giga Chikadze, Alex Caceres will now face Austin Springer in a featherweight bout on Saturday, August 29. Springer, a veteran from “The Ultimate Fighter” and “Dana White’s Contender Series,” joins the organization riding a three-fight win streak. No further updates were provided concerning Chikadze’s condition. Since the UFC established testing protocol for its events in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi, several cards have been shaken up by positive COVID-19 tests. Last week, a positive test forced Ovince Saint Preux out of the UFC on ESPN 15 co-main event, and this Saturday’s grudge match between Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev was rescheduled from UFC 252 after Cutelaba tested positive.

Giga Chikadze withdrawal from UFC Vegas 8 was due to positive COVID-19 test
Giga Chikadze | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC has announced that Giga Chikadze’s withdrawal from his fight with Alex Caceres was due to a positive coronavirus test.

Chikadze was scheduled to face Caceres in a featherweight bout this Saturday at UFC Vegas 8 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, but it was reported earlier this week that he was pulled from the bout. Adjarasport.com was first to report that Chikadze’s withdrawal was due to testing positive for COVID-19 and officials confirmed the news Friday.

Chikadze was initially replaced by Kevin Croom, but Croom was pulled from the short-notice booking for undisclosed reasons and Austin Springer is now currently slated to fight Caceres.

See the UFC’s official statement here:

Due to a positive COVID-19 test from Giga Chikadze, Alex Caceres will now face Austin Springer in a featherweight bout on Saturday, August 29. Springer, a veteran from “The Ultimate Fighter” and “Dana White’s Contender Series,” joins the organization riding a three-fight win streak.

No further updates were provided concerning Chikadze’s condition.

Since the UFC established testing protocol for its events in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi, several cards have been shaken up by positive COVID-19 tests. Last week, a positive test forced Ovince Saint Preux out of the UFC on ESPN 15 co-main event, and this Saturday’s grudge match between Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev was rescheduled from UFC 252 after Cutelaba tested positive.

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