Angela Hill Contracts COVID-19, UFC 256 Fight Off | Fight Announcement Roundup

Angela Hill will no longer fight Tecia Torres at UFC 256 after contracting COVID-19 — Fightful has the story on this and all the recently announced fights in one convenient article.

Angela Hill pulls out of UFC 256

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In a theme that is becoming more common towards the end of 2020, another fight card is being ravaged by the ongoing novel coronavirus. Hill was scheduled to rematch Tecia Torres at UFC 256; however, Hill announced the fight's cancellation due to her positive COVID-19 test.

Hill (12-9) and Torres (11-5) first fought in 2014 at UFC 188. It was only Hill's third professional fight at the time and Torres' sixth. Hill was handed the first loss of her pro career.

Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese confirmed

Tom Breese (12-2) gets his chance to crack into the top 15 at the expense of no. 13 ranked Omari Akhmedov (20-5-1) on January 16. The fight was officially announced by the UFC Europe Twitter account on Monday.

Akhmedov snapped a six-fight winning streak after losing a unanimous decision to former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Breese has alternated wins-and-losses in his last five scraps; however, unlike Akhemdov, he is coming off a win. Breese scored a thunderous first-round TKO against KB Bhullar in October.

Shana Dobson vs. Casey O'Neill reported

Two fighters with very different pro records will collide at a UFC event on February 20, per MMA Junkie. Dobson (4-4) boasts a troublesome .500 record. Undefeated Casey O'Neill, on the other hand, is a perfect 5-0 as a pro. Dobson recently picked up an enormous victory against Mariya Agapova in which some oddsmakers had her as a nine-to-one underdog. O'Neil will make her UFC debut after winning two consecutive fights in 2020.

Taila Santos vs. Gillian Robertson at UFC Vegas 17

Talia Santos and Gillian Robertson are getting new looks. Santos' fight with Montana De La Rosa was called off the day of UFC Vegas 16 after the latter's cornerman tested positive for COVID-19. Robertson's match with Andrea Lee was scratched from UFC 256 due to an injury suffered by Lee. UFC matchmakers have now pitted Santos (16-1) vs. Robertson (9-4) for UFC Vegas 17 on December 19. MMA Fighting reported the new matchup.

Jimmy Flick vs. Cody Durden rebooked for UFC Vegas 17

Jimmy Flick (15-5) vs. Cody Durden (11-2-1) was also pulled from UFC Vegas 16 the day of the fight. That bout remains intact and has been pushed back two weeks to UFC Vegas 17 on December 19, per MMA Fighting. Durden revealed on Sunday that a bout with pink eye forced the fight's cancellation.

Misha Cirkunov vs. Ryan Spann off UFC Vegas 17

UFC Vegas 17 has lost a significant light heavyweight clash between division staltwart Misha Cirkunov and interesting prospect Ryan Spann. The fight was pulled after Cirkunov suffered an undisclosed injury, according to TSN's Aaron Bronsteter. The fight was to be Cirkunov's first of 2020, and Spann's third.

COVID-19 complicates Karl Roberson vs. Dalcha Lungiambula

Rounding off Monday's fight roundup, the novel coronavirus also derailed a planned match between Karl Roberson and Dalcha Lungiambula at UFC 256 on December 12. Lungiambula first announced on Twitter that Roberson had contracted COVID-19. MMA Fighting subsequently confirmed the report. Lungiambula says there are plans to rebook the fight for UFC Vegas 17 the subsequent week.

Full list of fight announcements:

Jimmy Flick (15-5) vs. Cody Durden (11-2-1) - UFC Vegas 17 - Dec. 19 - flyweight

Talia Santos (16-1) vs. Gillian Robertson (9-4) - UFC Vegas 17 - Dec. 19 - flyweight

Shana Dobson (4-4) vs. Casey O'Neill (5-0) - UFC Fight Night - Feb. 20 - flyweight

Tom Breese (12-2) vs. Omari Akhmedov (20-5-1) - UFC Fight Night - Jan. 16 - middleweight

Dominick Cruz (22-3) vs. Casey Kenney (16-2-1) - UFC 259 - March 9 - bantamweight

Bella Mir (1-0) vs. Alma Cespedes (0-2) - iKon Fighting Federation 4 - Dec. 12 - featherweight

Adriano Moraes (18-3) vs. Demetrious Johnson (30-3-1) - ONE Big Bang - Feb. 24  - flyweight title

Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (no. 5) vs Geoff Neal (no. 11) – UFC Vegas 17 – Dec. 19 - welterweight

Anthony Pettis (no. 12) (23-10) vs Alex Morono (18-6) - UFC Vegas 17 - Dec. 19 – welterweight

Hideo Tokoro vs Shinobu Ota - RIZIN 26 - Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - Dec. 31

Ayaka Hamasaki (c) vs Miyuu Yamamoto - RIZIN 26 - Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - Dec. 31 - atomweight

Kanna Asakura vs Ai Shimizu - RIZIN 26 - Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - Dec. 31 - atomweight

Yuki Motoya vs Naoki Inoue - RIZIN 26 - Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - Dec. 31 - bantamweight

Ren Hiramoto vs Kyohei Hagiwara - RIZIN 26 - Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - Dec. 31 - 150-pound catchweight

Sudario Tsuyoshi vs Ikuhisa Minowa - RIZIN 26 - Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - Dec. 31 - heavyweight

Ulka Sasaki vs Kenta Takizawa - RIZIN 26 - Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - Dec. 31 - bantamweight

Hafþór ‘The Mountain’ Björnsson vs Steven Ward – MTK Global – Jan. 16 - exhibition bout

Sabina Mazo (9-1) vs Alexis Davis (19-10) - UFC Fight Night - Feb. 27 - womens bantamweight

Max Griffin (16-8) vs Song Kenan (16-5) - UFC Fight Night - Mar. 20 - welterweight

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