“Jacare” was booked to face Uriah Corridor at UFC 249 on Might 9, however examined constructive for the novel coronavirus and was pulled from the occasion hours after the official weigh-ins the day earlier than in Jacksonville, Fla.
“Thank God, Jacare is ok,” Patrick mentioned. “He did all of the exams and all the things got here again adverse, so we began coaching collectively once more this week. I used to be away from him for 4 weeks.”
Patrick thought-about touring to Jacksonville to assist his good friend throughout UFC 249 combat week, however opted to remain residence when the middleweight veteran knowledgeable him of the potential for an an infection.
Souza’s longtime coach Josuel Distak and coaching accomplice Rafael Lima accompanied Jacare to Jacksonville and in addition examined constructive. Based on Patrick, they’re all effective, and so are Souza’s spouse and three youngsters.
Patrick was scheduled to make his return to the octagon in opposition to Marc Diakiese on July 18, however was pulled from the “Struggle Island” card resulting from some paperwork difficulty. The Florida-based fighter mentioned he wouldn’t be capable to re-enter america after touring to Abu Dhabi.
“The UFC will transfer me to a different card as a result of the embassies are closed to the the pandemic and I can’t get this doc,” Patrick mentioned. “They advised me to remain energetic, they may ship me a date and opponent as quickly as they resolve. I’ve to remain energetic and coaching, and watch out to not get sick.”
With Patrick out of the July 18 card, Diakiese is now anticipated to face Rafael Fiziev, each fighters introduced on social media.
“I like this combat as a result of Diakiese is an efficient matchup, a British fighter that the UFC likes to advertise, so it will be a very good combat for me to get again to the wins,” mentioned Patrick, who hasn’t competed since a third-round loss to Scott Holtzman in October 2018. “(This combat) received’t occur and there’s nothing I can do about it.”
“I don’t have one other title in thoughts,” the added. “I simply wish to get again, do what I do greatest and win with a knockout or a submission — after which come again to combat the week after. I wish to keep energetic.”