UFC Fighter Jacare Souza Tests Positive For Coronavirus Day Before Scheduled Fight At UFC 249

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The UFC 249 fight between Jacare Souza and Uriah Hall scheduled for May 9th has been called off after Souza tested positive for coronavirus.


Ronaldo “J’acare” Souza, who was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall at UFC 249 on Saturday, has tested positive for coronavirus.

While Souza will not fight, the UFC 249 card will go on as planned, Hunter Campbell, excecutive vice president and chief business officer of UFC told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Friday.

Souza arrived in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday and informed UFC officials that a family member had tested positive. Souza was asymptomatic but was isolated and tested, and Friday the test came back positive.

As of now the UFC 249 fight card will still go on without Souza.

During today’s weigh-ins Souza was the only fighter to wear gloves and practiced social distancing during faceoffs.

Update: UFC announced two of Jacare’s cornerman also tested positive for coronavirus.

Via UFC.com

In addition, COVID-19 tests for Souza’s two cornermen were also flagged as positive. UFC’s medical team examined Souza and his two cornermen and found them to be currently asymptomatic, or not exhibiting the common symptoms of COVID-19. As per UFC’s health and safety protocols, all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely and will provide assistance with any necessary treatment.

From their arrival earlier in the week until their departure today, Souza and his cornermen followed UFC health and safety protocols, including practicing social distancing, wearing personnel protective equipment, and self-isolating whenever possible.

There have been no other positive COVID-19 tests reported from the remaining athletes participating in UFC 249.