Ronaldo Souza has tested positive for coronavirus leading into his middleweight bout with Uriah Hall tomorrow night (Sat., May 9, 2020) at UFC 249 live on ESPN+ from inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., per a recent report by ESPN,
According to the report, “Jacare” arrived at the hotel in Jacksonville on Wednesday and informed UFC officials that one of his family members had tested positive. Souza was asymptomatic so he didn’t show any signs of having the virus, but UFC still went through protocol to isolate the Brazilian fighter and wait for the test results to come back on Friday.
Souza was still allowed to attend the official UFC 249 weigh ins as the promotion awaited the results, but he wore gloves and kept his distance from Hall during staredowns. Check it out below:
Despite Souza’s positive test, UFC 249 is still moving forward as planned. This is in accordance with the Florida commission, which insists that the “system worked” in the case of Souza.
While UFC 249 looks like it’s still going to happen tomorrow night this certainly isn’t a good look. Hopefully this is an isolated incident and no other fighters end up testing positive. If that should ever happen it would be hard to justify still hosting the event.
For now, UFC 249 will proceed with 11 total fights.
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