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Ovince Saint Preux Returns Positive COVID-19 Test, UFC Vegas 7 Fight With Alonzo Menifield Off

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One-time UFC interim light heavyweight title challenger, Ovince Saint Preux has been forced from tonight’s co-headliner with short-notice replacement, Alonzo Menifield – after returning a positive test result for COVID-19.

The pairing at 205-pounds has subsequently been moved to a September 5th. event – with Los Angeles native Menifield also removed from the card, with insufficient time available to find the 32-year-old a last-minute replacement. News of the positive result was initially penned by MMA Junkie reporter, Nolan King.

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Floridian Von Flue choke specialist, Saint Preux was initially scheduled to meet with Shamil Gamzatov at tonight’s event, until the Russian was replaced by the aforenoted, Menifield on short-notice. The 37-year-old veteran briefly tested heavyweight waters for his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night Jacksonville, losing a unanimous judging to fellow UFC mainstay, Ben Rothwell over three rounds.

The possibility of a return to the win-column for Menifield has also been postponed as a result of the positive test return. The two-time Dana White’s Contender Series feature – featured at UFC 250 in June in ‘Sin City’ – dropping his first premier professional outing, when pitted with Devin Clark. Menifield had lodged prior UFC wins over Paul ‘Bearjew’ Craig, and Vinicius Moreira.

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