UFC on ESPN+ 34’s Alonzo Menifield discusses cancellation, rebooking Ovince Saint Preux fight

Barring an unforeseen circumstance, Alonzo Menifield vs. Ovince Saint Preux will happen this Saturday – two weeks after it was originally set to take place.

The fight was booked for Aug. 22. However, Saint Preux tested positive for COVID-19 and was subsequently removed from the card. The same day, it was immediately rescheduled for UFC on ESPN+ 34.

“We just rescheduled on that Saturday, after COVID got in the way,” Menifield  said at a virtual pre-fight news conference held Thursday. “Yeah, now we’re here. … That Saturday when I got the news, I was like, ‘Oh man. This is terrible.’ I quickly got over it because we rescheduled and I was happy – and here we are.”

Despite his opponent testing positive so recently, Menifield (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) isn’t bothered by the prospect of fighting Saint Preux (24-14 MMA, 12-9 UFC). As far as Menifield is concerned, the virus is on its way out.

“No, he had (COVID-19) in early July, so it’s cycling out of him,” Menifield said. “It’s not (a problem).”

UFC on ESPN+ 34 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The entire event streams on ESPN+.

Check out Menifield’s full UFC on ESPN+ 34 virtual media day in the video above.

Original article: https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/09/ufc-alonzo-menifield-discusses-cancellation-rebooking-ovince-saint-preux-fight

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