- Ronaldo Souza is the latest UFC fighter to contract coronavirus
- His name has been removed from the UFC 249 card
- Souza was earlier billed to fight Uriah Hall, but the bout has been called-off
Legendary fighter Ronaldo Souza has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus as UFC 249 has been left in disarray following the development.
SunSport reports that Souza who was earlier billed to clash with Uriah Hall has been pulled from the cards as the bout is cancelled.
It was gathered that the Brazilian fighter earlier met a couple of people where he attended conferences as well as the weigh-in on Friday, May 8.
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A UFC statement said: “UFC’s medical team examined Souza and his two cornermen and found them to be currently asymptomatic.
“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.”
Souza’s news has thrown a big blow to UFC which was about taking advantage of the opportunity that other sports are currently sidelined.
His opponent Hall tweeted this message to Souza: "Brother I know it su*ks I’m sorry you have to go through this I am beyond devastated for the missed opportunity I wish you nothing but recovery for you and your family."
More sporting personalities are beginning to contract the infection as latest report has it that Atletico Madrid defender Renan Lodi tested positive for coronavirus after a squad-wide test was carried out on the entire club.
It was gathered that nine of other players within the team are deemed immune to the virus as La Liga clubs are gradually returning to training.
And now, the 22-year-old Lodi has been separated from the team and he won’t be available to work with the team until at least ten days.
Legit.ng earlier reported that mixed martial artist Conor Mcgregor has given out the sum of one million euros to buy protective equipment in hospitals treating people who have contracted coronavirus in Ireland.
The 31-year-old UFC star was reported to have communicated with Republic of Ireland's Minister for Finance where he made his intention known so as to help his people.
Minister Paschal Donohoe sent a letter to Conor Mcgregor urging him to tell his followers on social media to practice social distancing in fight to prevent spreading coronavirus.
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