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UFC 249: Pros react to ‘Jacare’ Souza and teammates testing positive for COVID-19

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Check out the pro reactions to Jacare Souza’s positive COVID-19 test.

UFC 249 Ferguson v Gaethje: Weigh-Ins Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Yesterday it was announced that Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and his two cornermen had tested positive for COVID-19 and that the MMA veteran had been removed from his middleweight bout with Uriah Hall at UFC 249.

Per the UFC, “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. There have been no other positive COVID-19 tests reported from the remaining athletes participating in UFC 249. The response to this development is indicative of the effectiveness of the health and safety measures UFC has put in place for this event.”

UFC 249 will still go ahead as planned on May 9, with Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje expected to meet in the main event for the interim lightweight title.

On Twitter, several pro fighters reacted to the news, with many praising the UFC’s health and safety measures while wishing Jacare the best of luck.

UFC 249 kicks off later today, May 9 at the VyState Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.