Middleweight Competitor Jacare’ Souza Tested Positive, UFC 249 Pulls Out Jacare’ Souza
The report was first noted by ESPN.com that Jacare’ Souza has been found to be positive and thus he would no longer be participating in the bout against Uriah Hall.
The UFC pulled Souza from the card but still plans to move on with the rest of the pay-per-view event, the UFC said in a statement Friday night, adding that two of Souza's cornermen also tested positive.
According to ESPN.com "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," the statement read. "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."
Hall also took to Twitter later Friday to wish Souza well.
As per the report Souza, notified UFC officials that a family member might have tested positive. Souza was asymptomatic but was monitored and tested. The test came back positive on Friday, after he had already emerged at the weigh-in for Saturday's middleweight fight wearing a mask and gloves.
"We administered 1,200 tests this week, on 300 people," UFC president Dana White said. "It's not unexpected one person would test positive. The system works. And what's good about this, is now we know Jacare tested positive, he's doing what he needs to do and we're in a position to help him if he needs it." White also noted that Souza's positive test won't affect plans to hold the next two UFC events on Wednesday and May 16 in Jacksonville.
"I am afraid to do everything, even to go to the supermarket," he said in a translated version of the interview. "But there is something I have to do, there is no escape. I prefer to work and take the risk because these are things we will have to do. But we are very concerned with this business; it is very serious, there are many people dying, it is complicated and sad."UFC 250 event was expected to take place in São Paulo, Brazil on May 9, now will be renamed UFC 249 and mark the promotion's return after the first wave of cancellations. It is expected to take place somewhere in Florida. UFC 249 is heading to a new location. This will mark the third change in UFC 249 schedule as it has gone through the cancellation twice.
UFC 249 was earlier supposed take place on Sat, Apr 18, 2020, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, went through a new location calculation due to Coronavirus Pandemic. On March 16, UFC president Dana White announced that UFC 249 is still scheduled as planned, but the location may change. Dana White even noted that he would schedule the event behind the door. In the main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson was planned to take place but on March 30 Khabib Nurmagomedov slated that he was in Dagestan and could be ventured by travel bans related to the pandemic.
Khabib Nurmagomedov stated on April 1 that he would unlike be competing at the event due to those restrictions which forced him to stay home. Now he has officially pulled out of the event. Justin Gaethje has taken the replacement.
On April 9, White announced that this event would not take place as scheduled and all other UFC events would be suspended until further notice, indicating invasions from the high-ranking staff of the UFC's U.S. media rightsholders, ESPN Inc. and parent The Walt Disney Company. It was later revealed that the 40th Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, influenced the decision of canceling the event.
On April 21, it was validated that the original UFC 250 event (expected to take place in São Paulo, Brazil) on May 9, now will be renamed UFC 249 and mark the promotion's return after the first wave of cancellations. It is expected to take place somewhere in Florida.
UFC 249 Schedule
Venue: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
Date: Sat, May 9, 2020 / Sun, 10 May, 3:45 Am IST
|1.||Lightweight||Justin Gaethje vs. Tony Ferguson|
|2.||Bantamweight||Henry Cejudo (c) vs. Dominick Cruz|
|3.||Heavyweight||Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik|
|4.||Featherweight||Calvin Kattar vs. Jeremy Stephens|
|5.||Heavyweight||Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro|
|6.||Welterweight||Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis|
|7.||Heavyweight||Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum|
|8.||Women's Strawweight||Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson|
|9.||Welterweight||Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price|
|10.||Featherweight||Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa|
|11.||Heavyweight||Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey|
For the interim UFC Lightweight Championship(1)
For the UFC Bantamweight Championship(2)
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