Viviane Araujo is the most recent UFC fighter to catch COVID-19.
Araujo is out of her ladies’s flyweight bout in opposition to Jennifer Maia, which was set for UFC on ESPN+ 31, after testing constructive for coronavirus within the pre-fight screenings main as much as the Aug. 1 occasion in Las Vegas. The information was first reported by MMA Preventing and subsequently confirmed by MMA Junkie, who acquired an replace from Araujo on her situation.
“Sadly this week I examined constructive for COVID-19. I don’t understand how I caught it,” Araujo instructed MMA Junkie on Monday. “I used to be taking all precautions and coaching with solely two fighters. They examined unfavorable. Solely I examined constructive. That’s it. I used to be very unhappy that the battle was canceled and in addition apprehensive for my well being. Right here in Brazil, the contamination fee could be very excessive. Regardless of all precautions, I caught it. I’m feeling largely OK with solely delicate chilly signs. My medical doctors are keeping track of me. The aim is to recuperate so I can e book my subsequent battle.”
Araujo (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is coming off a call loss to former UFC title challenger Jessica Eye in December at UFC 245. Previous to that, the Brazilian had picked up wins over veterans Talita Bernardo and Alexis Davis to kick off her UFC tenure.
In the meantime, Maia (17-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) additionally regarded to bounce again from defeat after dropping a call loss to Katlyn Chookagian in November. As an alternative of preventing Araujo, Maia will face Joanne Calderwood on late discover. Calderwood beforehand had been tabbed to problem Valentina Shevchenko till damage pressured the 125-pound champion out of their matchup.
UFC on ESPN+ 31 is headlined by a ladies’s bantamweight bout between Holly Holm and Irene Aldana.