Jacare Souza has actually checked favorable for Covid-19 and runs out Saturday’s controversial UFC 249 occasion – the first of 3 in 7 days in Florida.
Souza, 40, was due to battle Uriah Hall in Jacksonville on a card topped by Tony Ferguson’s bout with fellow American Justin Gaethje.
But the Brazilian middleweight and his 2 cornermen returned positive tests.
UFC president Dana White has dealt with criticism for staging a show during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
White, 50, stated putting the occasion on was the “hardest thing he’s ever tried to do”, while boxing promoter Bob Arum has actually implicated his fellow American of “cowboy behaviour”.
The UFC stated Souza and his cornermen were asymptomatic and left the host hotel to self-isolate, where they will be kept an eye on remotely by a medical team.
” From their arrival earlier in the week until their departure today, Souza and his cornermen followed UFC health and wellness protocols, consisting of practicing social distancing, wearing workers protective equipment, and self-isolating whenever possible,” a UFC statement checked out.
” There have actually been no other positive Covid-19 tests reported from the staying professional athletes taking part in UFC249 The reaction to this development is a sign of the effectiveness of the health and safety steps UFC has actually put in location for this occasion.”
Hall, who will now not contend, tweeted Souza: “Bro I understand it draws. I’m sorry you have to go through this I am beyond devastated for the missed chance. I wish you nothing however recovery for you and your family.”
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