It has been reported that a fight between Cody Stamann and Merab Dvalishvili scheduled for December 5 has been canceled. Reportedly, Cody Stamann tested positive for COVID-19, which caused the cancellation of the fight. The news was first reported by Giorgi Kokiashvili of Adjarasport.
🚨 BREAKING: Merab Dvalishvili vs Cody Stamann is OFF !
Per my sources, unfortunately, Cody Stamann tested positive for COVID-19 ! 😔
I want to wish Cody a quick and full recovery! 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/jyLKU3RINk
— Giorgi Kokiashvili 🇬🇪 (@iHeartGeorgius1) October 22, 2020
Cody Stamann Out of Fight with Merab Dvalishvili
This fight would have been a huge fight in a loaded UFC bantamweight division. Stamann is currently the number 12 bantamweight contender, while Dvalishvili sits in the number 13 position. We last saw Cody Stamann in action back in July on Fight Island, where he lost a unanimous decision to Jimmie Rivera. Merab Dvalishvili moved into the rankings with a dominant decision victory over John Dodson back at UFC 252.
Both of these guys are looking to crack into the top ten of the bantamweight division. Ideally, the UFC will be able to find a replacement for Stamann so Dvalishvili can continue to remain active. But in the current state of the world, finding a short notice replacement for a contender of his caliber might not be easy. With over a month to go until the event, there’s still a chance the UFC will be able to do so, but don’t bank on it.
Of course, we hope Cody Stamann has a fast recovery from the virus and will be ready to return to action soon. He deserves the chance to score a big win and crack into the top ten, just like Dvalishvili deserves the same opportunity. We surely don’t want to lose this highly entertaining fight due to complications with the pandemic.
Note: According to Damon Martin of MMAFighting, Stamann did not test positive for coronavirus. He also confirmed that the UFC is searching for a replacement for Stamann.
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