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Report: Marina Rodriguez vs. Carla Esparza will not fight on Fight Island

A positive coronavirus test from Rodriguez’s camp puts the fight in doubt

Carla Esparza of the United States kicks Michelle Waterson of the United States in the Women’s strawweight fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

A women’s strawweight battle scheduled for Fight Island is now in doubt as Marina Rodriguez, ranked #9 in the division in the UFC, has had a positive test from a cornerman and might not be able to compete on the July 15th UFC Fight Night card. Her scheduled fight with #7 Carla Esparza is now in doubt.

MMAFighting.com is reporting the fight is off, and Esparza might have a tough time finding an opponent that can get to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi in time and trained to get in the octagon. For her part, Rodriguez is still looking to make the fight happen it seems.

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In the game! ✔️ ⠀ Dias de confinamento no quarto do hotel em São Paulo, fazendo testes do covid! Tudo ok com nosso plano: LUTAR!! ⠀ Fazendo e passando por tudo que for necessário para poder mostrar nosso trabalho pro mundo! Let’s gooo! ⠀ ☝ ⠀ ⠀ ———————————⠀ ✔️Muay Thai MMA Head coach @malkomarcio⠀ ⠀ @thaibrasilfloripa ⠀ ✔️Jiu jitsu⠀ @alexandresouzajj ⠀⠀ @igorsoaresmma ⠀ ✔️Agência Manager ⠀ @topfightagencia ⠀ ————————————⠀ Patrocinadores: ____⠀ Parceiros:⠀⠀⠀ ✔️Análise da frequência cardíaca—> @tafaroficial ⠀ ✔️Musculação—> @proqualityingleses ⠀ ✔️Nutrição/PrepFísica—> @fernando_moreira_nutri⠀ ✔️Fisio/Recovery—> @regissantosfisioterapia⠀ ✔️Osteopatia/Recovery—> @moveonintegrada ⠀ ✔️Creme de Açaí—> @acaifrutabrasileiraoficial⠀ ✔️Distribuidora Açaí—> @manchesterdistribuidora ⠀ ✔️Móveis—> @sc403moveissobmedida⠀ ✔️CoxinhaBar—> @titiaavomariacoxinha⠀ ✔️Osteopatia—> @leonardoschneider_phd ⠀ ✔️Fight Gear—> @rdx_sports ⠀ ✔️Massage Gun—> @pressurepointgun ⠀ ✔️Rash Guard/Fight Wear—> @bravourbrazil ⠀ ✔️Massage Tool—> @pso_rite ⠀ ✔️Kinesio Tape—> @kinesiosportbrasil ⠀ ✔️Chip EUA—> @easysim4u ⠀ ✔️Massoterapia Esportiva—> @diogomarques.pro ⠀ ✔️Fight Wear—> @rex_fight ⠀ ✔️Protetor Bucal—> @sportblock ⠀⠀ ✔️Escola de inglês—> @influxfloripaingleses ⠀ ✔️Podologia—> @sheilabello.podologa⠀ ✔️Cabelos—> @mirian_regina_siqueira ⠀ ✔️Estética—> @estetica.moriah ⠀ ✔️Sacolão—> @sacolaofamiliaingleses ⠀ ✔️Natação—> @complexoesportivoaquarius ⠀ ✔️Gelo—> @gelobrasil ⠀ ————————————⠀ Patrocínios/Sponsor: ➡️ DM⠀ ————————————⠀ #ufc #ufcfightisland #inabudhabi #thaibrasil #tjjschool #topfightagencia #wmmarz

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Google translate says the caption is: “Days of confinement in the hotel room in São Paulo, testing the covid! Everything ok with our plan: FIGHT !!

Doing and going through everything necessary to be able to show our work to the world! Let’s gooo!”

We’ll see if the fight is still on the main card, if there’s a replacement, or if this is the first of what might be the most challenging scheduling of Dana White’s tenure in the UFC. Getting replacement fighters that are in shape to the United Arab Emirates for the next four weeks could prove to be very difficult.