The Ultimate Fighting Championship debut of Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 32, of Baguio City, Philippines has been delayed. The Filipino-American mixed martial artist was supposed to fight Timur “The Lucky” Valiev, 30, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia at “UFC on ESPN 15,” also known as “UFC Vegas 7.”
However, Striegl was pulled out of the “UFC Vegas 7” card after testing positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). He was replaced by Trevin “5 Star” Jones, 30, of Guam.
Jones will make his UFC debut at “UFC Vegas .” He has been competing professionally since 2011.
From 2011 to 2016, Jones competed in Pacific X-treme Combat. He was supposed to fight Team Lakay fighter Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 24, of the Philippines for the PXC Bantamweight Championship title on March 25, 2017 but it was cancelled.
From 2017 to 2019, Jones competed in Top Fighting Championship, Absolute Championship Berkut, Absolute Championship Akhmat and DEEP. He currently holds a professional MMA record of 12 wins and 6 losses.
On the other hand, Valiev has 16 wins and 2 losses. The Dagestani MMA fighter is riding a six-bout winning streak.
Originally, Valiev was set to make his UFC debut and fight Jamall “Pretty Boy” Emmers, 31, of the U.S. at “UFC Fight Night 173” also known as “UFC Vegas 5” at the UFC Apex on August 1, 2020. However, for undisclosed reasons, he was removed from the card and was replaced by Vincent “The Anomaly” Cachero, 30, of the U.S.
“UFC Vegas 7” will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on August 22, 2020 and will air on ESPN and ESPN+. It will be headlined by Pedro “The Young Punisher” Munhoz, 33, of São Paulo, Brazil and Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, 38, of Toms River, New Jersey, USA.