It seems that the management of the largest MMA promotion intends to hold the UFC 249 tournament at all costs, even though one of the fighters passed a positive test for coronavirus and could infect other participants of the show.
The Florida state athletic Commission, which regulates the event, also does not consider Ronaldo “Jacare” Sousa’s positive test a reason to cancel the event.
“I just spoke with an employee of the Florida state Athletic Commission who said that they don’t see any problems with holding the UFC 249 tournament, despite the positive test. He said Jacare reported contact with an infected relative and was isolated on arrival until the test results came in. ‘The system worked,’ he said, ” tweeted Las Vegas Review Journal sports columnist Adam hill.
As for the UFC representatives, they do not claim that Jacare was isolated, but they do not doubt the effectiveness of their security protocols.
“Since their arrival, Souza and his team have followed UFC safety protocols, including wearing personal protective equipment, and maintaining social distance and self-isolation whenever possible,” the UFC statement reads. “There were no other positive tests among the participants of the UFC 249 tournament, which indicates the effectiveness of our security measures. The UFC 249 tournament, the main event of which will be a fight for the interim UFC lightweight title between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaitji, remains in force and will consist of eleven fights».
It is not reported why Jacare Souza appeared at the official weigh-in and face-to-face confrontation, where, judging by the available photos and videos, he contacted not only other participants, but also the President of the UFC.
Recall that a positive test for the coronavirus was passed not only by the Brazilian, who was supposed to fight Uriah Hall during the UFC 249 tournament, but also by two members of his team.