Former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas and former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Jessica Andrade were set to meet in the co-main event of UFC 249, but then Namajunas withdrew from the card earlier this week.
No reason was given for Namajunas’ withdrawal from the card at the time, but now her management in Sucker Punch Entertainment has taken to Instagram to reveal that two members of Namajunas’ family died due to the coronavirus:
There is no word yet on when Namajunas will return to action, as the fighter hasn’t competed since meeting Andrade for the first time in the main event of UFC 237.
Andrade is still expected to compete on the UFC 249 card at this time, as UFC officials are still seeking a replacement for her to fight.
UFC 249 takes place on Saturday, April 18 from the Tachi Palace Resort Casino in Lemoore, California with Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.