One of many causes UFC bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera has not fought in additional than a 12 months was revealed Friday: Rivera mentioned he and his spouse each had the coronavirus two months in the past.

Rivera advised ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he examined optimistic for COVID-19 in April and that his spouse, Samantha, contracted the virus just a few weeks later. Each have recovered, Rivera mentioned, and he’s hoping to return to the Octagon towards Marlon “Chito” Vera in August.

So far as signs, Rivera mentioned he skilled abdomen points, a fever, a foul backache and fatigue. He mentioned he “could not get off the bed” at one level however inside 4 days was feeling mainly regular.

“We weren’t coaching on the time, as a result of all the things was closed down,” mentioned Rivera, a New Jersey native. “It was simply model new with COVID. I did not have it that unhealthy. I had it unhealthy for like three days, after which I used to be wonderful afterward. However then on the similar time, I do work out on a regular basis.”

Rivera mentioned Samantha had a harder time coping with the coronavirus, with signs that included unhealthy fatigue, a dry cough and respiratory points.

“The place it actually hit was, a pair weeks later, my spouse bought it, and that was actually, actually unhealthy,” Rivera mentioned. “She has immune [system] deficiency. She was actually unhealthy. She had a dry cough. She had all the things places towards this. It was a really gradual course of with recovering.”

Neither went to the hospital, he mentioned, as a result of on the time hospitals within the space had been admitting individuals with extreme circumstances solely.

“She bought near that time,” Rivera mentioned of going to the hospital. “She had a tough time respiration and catching her breath. Nevertheless it wasn’t extreme.”

Rivera is one in all three UFC fighters who’ve been introduced as having examined optimistic for COVID-19. The primary was Rivera’s Tiger Schulmann teammate Lyman Good. Rivera mentioned he believes the circumstances are associated, since he and Good had been working collectively on on-line movies for college students earlier than each had been identified with the coronavirus.

It has been a irritating time for the 30-year-old Rivera, who was alleged to combat Vera in February earlier than a recurring difficulty with a pinched nerve in his neck returned. Rivera (22-4) has dropped two straight fights and three of his previous 4, however all these losses had been towards elite fighters within the division: Petr Yan, Aljamain Sterling and Marlon Moraes. Rivera stays No. 10 in ESPN’s bantamweight MMA rankings.

Not too long ago, bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley has been calling out Vera and there was reciprocation on social media, however Rivera believes the Vera combat is his in August when UFC returns to Las Vegas from Abu Dhabi.

“I have been coaching for ‘Chito’ Vera for the previous three weeks or a month now,” Rivera mentioned. “… I have been coaching for it, I have been working with tall guys, and I have been trying ahead to it.”