Marlon Moraes, the No. 1-ranked UFC bantamweight contender, advised ESPN Brazil that he has not too long ago been recognized with COVID-19.

Moraes stated he began to really feel signs about 10 days in the past. Each he and his spouse examined optimistic for the coronavirus, however the couple’s two youngsters weren’t contaminated.

“Sadly, I obtained the virus — me and my spouse. We had been very weak, the signs had been very robust on us. Thank God I did not must go to the hospital, however I needed to take my spouse to the hospital,” Moraes advised ESPN Brazil. “We spent a day on the hospital. She was handled by them, she took some medicines, then she stayed beneath commentary.”

Though nonetheless somewhat weakened, Moraes stated he watched Saturday’s title struggle between José Aldo and Petr Yan at UFC 251.

“It was a great struggle, José Aldo is a legend of the game,” he stated. “I believed he had a great struggle, he confirmed that he wished to win, however Yan was higher than him and we now have to respect him. Aldo just isn’t very used to shedding, however within the sport, sadly one wins and one loses, so we now have to help him. Sadly the belt did not come [home]. I am right here, different Brazilians are additionally within the race.”

Regardless of rumors that Moraes, who fought for the title belt final 12 months towards Henry Cejudo, might be Yan’s first challenger, the Brazilian has one other struggle in thoughts. Moraes stated he has already agreed to struggle Cody Garbrandt, who’s No. four within the bantamweight rankings and a former champion of the division. Garbrandt is coming off a spectacular knockout win over Brazilian Raphael Assunção at UFC 250.

“The struggle [the UFC has] to do now could be me versus Cody. And I believe they are going to put [Aljamain] Sterling to struggle Yan and whoever wins between me and Cody would be the subsequent to struggle for the belt,” Moraes stated. “The [UFC] is already planning [Moraes-Garbrandt] for October. The struggle has already been provided, on my half it has already been accepted, I am simply ready for the UFC.”