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Matt Frevola pulled from UFC on ESPN 11 after Billy Quarantillo tests positive for COVID-19

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Matt Frevola vs. Frank Camacho is off. Frevola has tested negative for COVID-19.

UFC Fight Night: Frevola v Pena Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC lightweight Matt Frevola will no longer be facing off with Frank Camacho at UFC ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov this weekend. The UFC has pulled him form the match-up after one of his corner’s — UFC featherweight Billy Quarantillo — tested positive for COVID-19.

Frevola broke the news of the positive test on his Instagram page.

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The UFC has pulled me from my fight due to one of my cornerman testing positive for COVID-19. We did everything possible to make this fight happen. They tested me twice and both results came back negative. I also provided proof of my positive antibodies test from April 30th but the UFC did not want any liability or to risk it. Being that there is a lack of knowledge on the incubation period and still so many unknowns regarding covid 19, they decided to pull me bc of the positive test result from my teammate and brother, Billy Q. He’s been a huge help and source of support throughout camp and I have no hard feelings. He is 100% healthy at the moment and feels fine, so he must be a symptomatic. This is a Crazy situation and everything happens for a reason. I am on weight and prepared to the fullest. I was really excited for this fight with Frank and told him if they find him a new opponent for Saturday I will be rooting for him. If not, I’m willing to rebook this fight ASAP or when ever he wants. I’m sorry to everyone who was excited to watch me fight and supports me along this journey, I really felt the love ❤️ ✊ . Can’t believe I’m the first fighter to get 2 fights canceled due to this virus (without even having it) but I know it has effected a lot more lives in worse ways . Figuring out the next move from here and will keep moving forward, that’s what we do! Should be booked to fight again ASAP and hope the UFC continues to take care of me.

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The UFC has pulled me from my fight due to one of my cornerman testing positive for COVID-19. We did everything possible to make this fight happen. They tested me twice and both results came back negative. I also provided proof of my positive antibodies test from April 30th but the UFC did not want any liability or to risk it. Being that there is a lack of knowledge on the incubation period and still so many unknowns regarding covid 19, they decided to pull me bc of the positive test result from my teammate and brother, Billy Q. He’s been a huge help and source of support throughout camp and I have no hard feelings. He is 100% healthy at the moment and feels fine, so he must be a symptomatic. This is a Crazy situation and everything happens for a reason. I am on weight and prepared to the fullest. I was really excited for this fight with Frank and told him if they find him a new opponent for Saturday I will be rooting for him. If not, I’m willing to rebook this fight ASAP or when ever he wants. I’m sorry to everyone who was excited to watch me fight and supports me along this journey, I really felt the love ❤️ ✊ . Can’t believe I’m the first fighter to get 2 fights canceled due to this virus (without even having it) but I know it has effected a lot more lives in worse ways . Figuring out the next move from here and will keep moving forward, that’s what we do! Should be booked to fight again ASAP and hope the UFC continues to take care of me.

In his message Frevola revealed that he was tested for COVID-19 twice and each time the results came back negative. He said he also provided results from an antibodies test in order to convince the UFC to let the fight go ahead.

Frevola vs. Camacho was due to take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday. That facility has hosted the last three UFC events, without fans, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Quarantillo competed on the first of those APEX-held cards (UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns). That event occurred roughly three weeks ago, on May 30. There Quarantillo bested Spike Carlyle via unanimous decision.

Quarantillo took to Instagram to state he was “heartbroken” for Frevola. He also stated that when he competed at the APEX he tested negative for COVID-19.

Heartbroken for my guy @steamrollafrevola_mma who worked so hard for this fight and now has had 2 fights cancelled because of Covid.. Two weeks ago when I fought in Vegas, I was negative for both tests... Since then I’ve had no symptoms, and if i did I never would have gotten on the flight to corner Matt. Still without symptoms, i will stay safe and stay away from everyone until I’m negative and the isolation time is over. Hopefully Matt gets taken care of and gets another fight ASAP

Frevola’s last fight in the UFC was all the way back in October 2019, at UFC fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson. At that event he took a split decision over Luis Peña.

It is unclear if Frevola’s scheduled opponent, Frank Camacho, will remain on this weekend’s card.