A UFC Battle Island title bout is in jeopardy.
Deiveson Figueiredo, a high UFC flyweight contender, examined optimistic for the coronavirus Friday in Brazil, his supervisor, Wallid Ismail, confirmed to ESPN Brazil. Figueiredo is scheduled to struggle Joseph Benavidez for the vacant flyweight title in the principle occasion of UFC Battle Evening on July 18 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The bout will not be formally off, in response to Ismail. The supervisor advised ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that Figueiredo might be administered a second COVID-19 check Saturday morning and his crew is assured that the primary one was a false optimistic. The outcomes needs to be again by Sunday.
Ismail stated Figueiredo already had the coronavirus in Could amid the pandemic and would not consider he contracted it once more.
“Deiveson examined optimistic two months in the past,” Ismail advised ESPN Brazil. “There isn’t any means he assessments optimistic once more. Our place is that could be a false optimistic. We’re ready the second check to show that he is clear and may fly usually to struggle.”
Figueiredo was alleged to journey from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Abu Dhabi on Friday night time, however he is not going to be on that flight due to the optimistic check. The UFC is chartering all Brazil-based fighters from Sao Paulo to Yas Island this month for its “Battle Island” bouts. The flight leaving Friday is the ultimate one from Brazil for the month. However Ismail advised Helwani that if Figueiredo’s second COVID-19 outcomes come again destructive, he may probably get on a flight Sunday night time.
Benavidez and the opposite U.S.-based fighters on the July 18 occasion are flying from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi on Friday night time as properly.
The UFC didn’t reply to a request for touch upon the matter Friday night time.
There’s one other high flyweight bout on the July 18 card: Alexandre Pantoja vs. Askar Askarov. Pantoja is ESPN’s No. 6-ranked flyweight and Askarov is No. 7. The UFC may tab certainly one of them as a alternative if Figueiredo cannot make the journey. Figueiredo is No. 2 at flyweight, whereas Benavidez is No. 3.
Figueiredo (18-1) and Benavidez (28-6) have already fought as soon as this 12 months, a bout Figueiredo received by second-round TKO on Feb. 29. That bout would have been for the vacant flyweight title (like this one is), however Figueiredo missed weight by 2.5 kilos, making him ineligible to win the bout. On account of that circumstance, the UFC determined to e book the rematch.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto contributed to this report.