The UFC instantly pulled Souza, 40, from the occasion, but it surely nonetheless plans on shifting ahead with the remainder of the pay-per-view lineup. The UFC additionally stated two of Souza’s cornermen examined optimistic.
“UFC’s medical workforce 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 promotion stated in a press release.
“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 workforce will monitor their circumstances remotely and can present help with any essential therapy.”
Souza, who lives and trains in Florida and drove to Jacksonville on Wednesday, knowledgeable UFC officers upon his arrival a couple of member of the family who might need been contaminated with the coronavirus. At that time, in response to the UFC, Souza was examined and monitored. He made weight in the course of the official weigh-ins Friday morning and took part in a distanced staredown with Corridor, carrying a masks and gloves, earlier than receiving his optimistic outcomes.
Based on the UFC, all the 23 different athletes scheduled to compete at UFC 249 examined destructive. UFC officers determined the occasion would transfer ahead, after conferring with the Florida State Boxing Fee.
Ariel Helwani offers perception into Jacare Souza’s coronavirus prognosis.
“We administered 1,200 checks this week, on 300 folks,” UFC president Dana White stated. “It is not surprising one particular person would take a look at optimistic. The system works. And what’s good about this, is now we all know Jacare examined optimistic, he is doing what he must do and we’re able to assist him if he wants it.”
Corridor took to social media later Friday to want Souza effectively.
@JacareMMA Brother I do know it sucks I am sorry you need to undergo this I’m past devastated for the missed alternative I want you nothing however restoration for you and your loved ones.
— U R I A H H A L L (@UriahHallMMA) Could 9, 2020
White additionally informed ESPN this growth would haven’t any affect on the UFC’s subsequent two occasions, that are scheduled to happen on Wednesday and on Could 16 in Jacksonville. The Florida State Boxing Fee wasn’t anticipated to launch its personal assertion on the matter till Saturday morning.
Souza (26-8-0), who’s initially from Brazil, is a former Strikeforce champion. Throughout an interview with ESPN Brazil earlier this week, he spoke about combating in the course of the pandemic.
“I’m afraid to do every thing, even to go to the grocery store,” he stated 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 danger as a result of these are issues we must do. However we’re very involved with this enterprise. It is vitally severe, there are various folks dying, it’s difficult and unhappy.”
UFC 249’s foremost card begins at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view with preliminaries starting at 6 p.m. on ESPN. It should mark the UFC’s first stay occasion since March 14 and can happen with no stay viewers.