Deiveson Figueiredo tests positive for COVID-19, title fight in doubt

Derrick Santistevan

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Deiveson Figueiredo tests positive for COVID-19, title bout in doubt.

It appears in spite of the Fight Island bubble, the coronavirus is discovering its method to ruin the UFC‘s cards at the Abu Dhabi location. In this latest instance, Deiveson Figueiredo has tested positive for coronavirus, per a report from Combate, putting his UFC Fight Island 2 headlining flyweight title bout with Joseph Benavidez in jeopardy.

As a result of his positive COVID-19 test today, Figueiredo did not start a flight to Abu Dhabi with fellow Brazilian fighters on July 10.

Flyweight title bout in doubt; Deiveson Figueiredo tests positive for COVID

According to his team, Figueiredo evaluated positive for the illness and has signs in Might however recuperated. Figueiredo took another coronavirus test on July 10 and intends to hear by July 12 if the test result from previously today was simply a false positive.

According to the World Health Organization, it is possible to show a positive result for COVID-19 more than as soon as without always ending up being contaminated once again. While challenged and not ensured, nevertheless, some sources have actually specified it is possible to be contaminated with the coronavirus more than as soon as.

Figueiredo and Benavidez first met in a fight for the uninhabited flyweight title at UFC Norfolk in February. Figueiredo won the fight by a second-round finish however was not able to win the championship after missing out on weight.

UFC Fight Island 2 has 2 other flyweight bouts on its card– Alexandre Pantoja vs. Askar Askarov and Malcolm Gordon vs. Amir Albazi. If Figueiredo runs out the fight, Pantoja, being the No. 4 competitor in the rankings, would probably be scheduled as Benavidez’s replacement opponent.

This would be the 3rd time that a Fight Island card’s main event or co-main event is impacted by the coronavirus. Jorge Masvidal’s area in the UFC 251 main event with welterweight champ Kamaru Usman followed Gilbert Burns was required off the card after screening positive for coronavirus. In addition, the UFC Fight Island 1 co-main event in between Pedro Munhoz and Frankie Edgar was ditched after Munhoz evaluated positive for COVID-19

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UFC Fight Island 2 occurs on Saturday, July 18, 2020, live from Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Follow together with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

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