The intensive testing undertaken by the UFC to guard the well being and security of fighters competing on Saturday’s UFC 249 card has resulted in a constructive coronavirus case.

UFC middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on Friday got here up constructive for the COVID-19 virus, scratching him from the pay-per-view occasion lower than 24 hours earlier than it was scheduled to start. UFC broadcast accomplice first reported the information.

UFC officers later confirmed the information together with a press release concerning Souza’s take a look at outcomes together with two of his nook males who additionally examined constructive for COVID-19.

“The middleweight bout between Uriah Corridor vs Jacaré Souza will not be on the UFC 249 preliminary card because of one in every of Souza’s COVID-19 exams indicating a constructive outcome,” UFC officers stated in a press release despatched to MMA Preventing. “As well as, COVID-19 exams for Souza’s two cornermen have been additionally flagged as constructive.

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

“From their arrival earlier within the week till their departure in the present day, Souza and his cornermen adopted UFC well being and security protocols, together with working towards social distancing, sporting private protecting gear, and self-isolating each time potential.”

Souza was scheduled to face Uriah Corridor on the occasion’s preliminary card. Corridor’s reps didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Per the preliminary report, Souza disclosed a member of the family had examined constructive for the virus upon arriving to the occasion’s host lodge on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla. He was asymptomatic, however the promotion awaited the outcomes of a compulsory take a look at required of fighters upon arrival. That take a look at returned a constructive outcome, UFC EVP and Chief Enterprise Officer Hunter Campbell instructed

The Florida State Boxing Fee reportedly has been notified of the constructive take a look at and has allowed the occasion to proceed as deliberate, per Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Evaluation Journal.

The UFC additionally confirmed no different fighters on the cardboard examined constructive for COVID-19 and the occasion will transfer forward as scheduled with 11 complete bouts.

“There have been no different constructive COVID-19 exams reported from the remaining athletes taking part in UFC 249,” UFC officers acknowledged.

“The response to this growth is indicative of the effectiveness of the well being and security measures UFC has put in place for this occasion. Saturday’s UFC 249 card, which airs reside on pay-per-view and is headlined by a battle for the interim light-weight title between No. 1-ranked light-weight contender Tony Ferguson and No. 4-ranked Justin Gaethje will proceed as scheduled with 11 bouts.”

The UFC enacted strict security measures to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus at a time when the sporting world is closed down. The promotion submitted a 25-page plan to metropolis officers and outlined detailed procedures for social distancing earlier than and in the course of the occasions. Many fighters, together with Souza, wore masks as they carried out media interviews and weighed in, and Souza and Corridor have been distanced as they confronted off after official weigh-ins.

Souza is the second recognized UFC fighter confirmed to have contracted the COVID-19 virus within the midst of the worldwide pandemic after welterweight Lyman Good revealed a constructive take a look at had scratched him from the primary scheduled date of UFC 249. In an interview previous to his journey to UFC 249, Souza acknowledged his worry of the virus, however expressed confidence in his promoter’s security protocols.

“I’m scared, that’s regular,” he stated. “Everybody’s scared. We attempt to preserve everybody protected, however I preserve serious about one factor: if I can’t pay my home’s mortgage, if I can’t pay my payments, I’m going to lose my home. If I am going out to the streets, that’s when it will get sophisticated, that’s after they actually gained’t be protected. I’ve to handle my household come what may, and I consider … I do know the UFC will preserve me protected.”