The most important concern surrounding UFC 249 has turn into a actuality. A fighter on the cardboard has examined constructive for coronavirus.

Ronaldo Souza, who was scheduled to struggle Uriah Corridor in a middleweight bout, is the fighter to check constructive for COVID-19. Whereas that bout has been pulled, UFC 249 will proceed as deliberate.

MMA Junkie confirmed the information with a UFC official following an preliminary report from on Friday evening. Hunter Campbell, govt vp and chief enterprise officer of UFC, informed ESPN that the promotion acquired clearance from the Florida State Athletic Fee to maneuver ahead with the occasion.

The UFC later issued an announcement saying that two of Souza’s cornermen additionally examined constructive for coronavirus. No different fighters have 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 frequent 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 probably be self-isolating off premises, the place UFC’s medical staff will monitor their circumstances remotely and can present help with any crucial remedy.”

Souza knowledgeable UFC officers {that a} member of the family had examined constructive for coronavirus when he arrived in Jacksonville on Wednesday. He was asymptomatic and examined after which, in line with the UFC, remoted earlier than a constructive check got here again Friday. A since-deleted video by heavyweight Fabricio Werdum, who can be on the cardboard, exhibits Souza close to a number of fighters on the host lodge.

Each Souza (26-Eight MMA, 9-5 UFC) and Corridor (15-9 MMA, 8-7 UFC) made weight Friday morning. Each males wore masks for his or her faceoff. Souza wore gloves along with a masks. They confronted off standing a number of toes farther aside than any of the opposite fighters on the cardboard. UFC president Dana White fist-bumped each males.

UFC 249 takes place Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment and streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Struggle Go.