Souza exams constructive for virus; out of UFC 249

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Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who was scheduled to combat Uriah Corridor at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, has examined constructive for the coronavirus.

The UFC pulled Souza from the cardboard however nonetheless plans to maneuver on with the remainder of the pay-per-view occasion, the UFC mentioned in a press release Friday night time, including that two of Souza’s cornermen additionally examined constructive.

“UFC’s medical staff examined Souza and his two cornermen and located them to be at the moment asymptomatic, or not exhibiting the widespread signs of COVID-19,” the assertion learn. “As per UFC’s well being and security protocols, all three males have left the host lodge and will likely be self-isolating off premises, the place UFC’s medical staff will monitor their situations remotely and can present help with any essential remedy.”

Corridor took to Twitter later Friday to want Souza properly.

Souza was scheduled to participate within the preliminary card of the occasion, the UFC’s first since pausing fights because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After driving to Jacksonville on Wednesday, Souza, who trains in Orlando, knowledgeable UFC officers {that a} member of the family might need examined constructive. Souza was asymptomatic however was monitored and examined. The take a look at got here again constructive on Friday, after he had already appeared on the weigh-in for Saturday’s middleweight combat sporting a masks and gloves.

The UFC introduced that the opposite 23 fighters on Saturday’s card have examined adverse for the virus.

In the meantime, the UFC has conferred with Florida state athletic officers, who mentioned the fights can go on as scheduled as a result of the system labored in Souza’s case.

“We administered 1,200 exams this week, on 300 individuals,” UFC president Dana White mentioned. “It isn’t surprising one particular person would take a look at constructive. The system works. And what’s good about this, is now we all know Jacare examined constructive, he is doing what he must do and we’re ready to assist him if he wants it.”

White mentioned Souza’s constructive take a look at will not have an effect on plans to carry the following two UFC occasions on Wednesday and Might 16 in Jacksonville.

The Florida State Boxing Fee wasn’t anticipated to remark till Saturday morning.

Souza (26-8-0), a 40-year-old Brazilian and former Strikeforce champion, had spoken about preventing through the pandemic earlier this week in an interview with ESPN Brazil.

“I’m afraid to do every little thing, even to go to the grocery store,” he mentioned in a translated model of the interview. “However there’s something I’ve to do, there isn’t a escape. I want to work and take the chance as a result of these are issues we must do. However we’re very involved with this enterprise; it is rather severe, there are lots of individuals dying, it’s sophisticated and unhappy.”

UFC 249’s important card begins at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view with preliminaries starting at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto contributed to this report.

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