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A person with knowledge of the booking confirmed the news to MMA Junkie on Thursday. They asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. MMA Fighting was first to report the news.
Following the news, Herbert released a statement on Instagram explaining how a recent positive COVID-19 test forced him to withdraw.
“Unfortunately I’m out of my fight on Feb 20th…couple weeks ago I became ill…I then tested positive for COVID. Obviously this meant I had to isolate & was unable to get my medicals done, train or cut weight.
I was really looking forward to this fight, to show what improvements I’ve made since my last one.
It’s another set back…but there’s people being effected by this pandemic a lot worse then me so it is what it is.
Il be back soon, and cement myself in the @ufc lightweight division….what is life without a bit of adversity ….. 👊🏽 “
Klose will look to rebound from a second-round knockout loss to Beneil Dariush at UFC 248, where he was stopped in a thrilling back-and-forth contest. Prior to that, the Arizona native had scored three straight wins over Lando Vannata, Bobby Green and Christos Giagos.
Since moving back up to 155 pounds, Pena has split his past four appearances. After defeating Steve Garcia via unanimous decision in February, the Season 27 “Ultimate Fighter” alum suffered a third-round submission loss at the hands of Khama Worthy at UFC on ESPN 12 in June.
With the change, the UFC Fight Night 185 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Ketlen Vieira
Darrick Minner vs. Charles Rosa
Chris Daukaus vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Rafael Alves vs. Patrick Sabatini
Andrei Arlovski vs. Tom Aspinall
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
Nassourdine Imavov vs. Phil Hawes
Danny Chavez vs. Jared Gordon
Drakkar Klose vs. Luis Pena
John Castaneda vs. Eddie Wineland
Julian Erosa vs. Nate Landwehr
Shana Dobson vs. Casey O’Neill
Drako Rodriguez vs. Aiemann Zahabi
Serghei Spivac vs. Jared Vanderaa
Jamall Emmers vs. Chas Skelly