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Rory MacDonald vs. Curtis Millender
Curtis Millender gets the biggest fight of his MMA career when he steps in on short notice vs. Rory MacDonald at PFL 2021, Week 2 on April 29.
MacDonald's (21-6-1) PFL debut will take place against Millender (18-6) after MacDonald's previous opponent, David Michaud, pulled out due to a career-threatening heart condition. The replacement find was confirmed by MMA Junkie.
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Martin Nguyen vs. Kim Jae Woong scrapped from ONE on TNT 2
Martin Nguyen vs. Kim Jae Woong has been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Nguyen, a former two-division champion, was pulled from Wednesday's ONE Championship card after the person sitting in front of him on the plane tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“The most unfortunate situation you will ever come across,” Martin Nguyen told South China Morning Post (h/t BJ Penn). “I was ready to go, I feel so amazing, this fight camp was a dream. In saying that, we came over here, I had my coach with me, my teammates that were fighting on the same card, felt amazing, man. Nothing could get in the way of me getting my hand raised against Kim. On the third day, just woke up to bad news, man."
“I did the photo shoot, I’d done everything, I was like, ‘Yes, time’s almost clear, I’m fighting within a day and a half—which is meant to be this morning—and yeah, got the news that the guy traveling from Qatar airport over to Singapore, the guy who was sitting right in front of me—I had a whole row to myself, I slept the whole flight, I lied down, didn’t even go to the toilet, did not leave my seat at all—the guy sitting directly in front of me tested positive for COVID."
“Once we landed in Singapore, they make us do like a PCR test and that result for him came back positive,” Nguyen concluded. “They traced it back to the seating arrangements and unfortunate I was just sitting behind this guy who was positive and Singapore, they don’t muck around when it comes to COVID itself and that’s why it’s one of the leading countries in the world with the lowest cases. It is what it is, I’m gutted, I’m devastated.”
Don Madge vs. Guram Kutateladze
Don Mage (9-3-1) and Guram Kutateladze (12-2) look to add to their winning streaks at a UFC Fight Night event on July 17. The fight was first reported by MMA DNA.
Khalid Taha vs. Sergey Morozov
Khalid Taha (13-3) will meet Sergey Morozov (16-4) at a UFC event on July 17.
The news was first reported by ESPN. Taha is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Raoni Barcelos; meanwhile, Morozov lost his last fight against Umar Nurmagomedov.
Josh Culibao vs. Yilan Sha at UFC Fight Night
Josh Culibao will welcome UFC newcomer Yilan Sha at a UFC Fight Night on May 22.
Culibao (8-1-1) is coming off a split draw vs. Charles Jourdain; meanwhile, Sha (19-6) is cutting down to featherweight after a 4-1 run as a lightweight in China. The impending match-up was reported by MMA Fighting.