UFC athletes and employees are examined for the COVID-19 virus upon arrival for combat week. However Luana Carolina’s group felt the necessity to get extra testing earlier than flying to Las Vegas.
Carolina is booked to face fellow Brazilian flyweight Ariane Lipski at UFC’s upcoming occasion on June 13, and her coach Lucas Martins, a UFC veteran who runs Capital da Luta fitness center in Sao Paulo, partnered with a testing supplier to have everybody concerned in Carolina’s camp monitored.
“Capital da Luta offered COVID-19 checks not just for her and myself since Luana signed the bout settlement,” Martins informed MMA Preventing, “but additionally two skilled athletes that reside in a lodging I’ve, and we’re doing weekly checks to ensure the protection of Luana and their household, as a result of their mother and father are a bit older.”
Carolina’s boyfriend was assigned with the duty of driving her to and from the fitness center every single day, and he’s additionally being examined as soon as per week to ensure he’s not contaminated.
General, Capital da Luta is investing $400 per week in checks. Up to now, all outcomes have come again unfavorable. One other spherical of checks was performed on Tuesday morning, which marks the third check for Martins and Carolina and the second for everybody else.
“We’re doing six checks per week so Luana has the boldness to coach nicely and have the perfect camp attainable within the midst of this pandemic,” Martins mentioned.
The UFC did a trio of occasions earlier this month in Jacksonville, Fla., and Ronaldo Souza’s camp was the one group of those who examined optimistic thus far. “Jacare” had his middleweight bout with Uriah Corridor scrapped after his check outcomes got here again following the weigh-ins, and Martins desires to ensure Carolina is wholesome when she arrives in Las Vegas.
“All the things that may be performed to ensure the athlete’s security is legitimate,” Martins mentioned. “However there have been lots of (UFC) occasions, and solely ‘Jacare’ was confirmed (optimistic). Within the midst of all this, I believe everyone seems to be being very cautious. We’re doing this as a result of Sao Paulo is without doubt one of the peaks (of circumstances) in Brazil, so we had to do that for Luana.”
As of Wednesday morning, the state of Sao Paulo recorded 6,423 of the 24,593 deaths attributable to the illness within the nation.