UFC to introduce stricter coronavirus tests for Las Vegas Fight Night after star with virus attended weigh-in this month

THE UFC is to bring in stricter coronavirus testing for Las Vegas Fight Night on Saturday.

That is in light of Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza testing positive for the killer bug before UFC 249 earlier this month.

Stricter coronavirus testing measures will be in place for the UFC action this weekend

The Brazilian’s middleweight bout with Uriah Hall was pulled from the card at the last minute – but only after he had fist-bumped supremo Dana White.

Now, to avoid a repeat, UFC chiefs will require fighters to pass two tests before they step inside the Octagon.

The first test will be upon check-in at the athlete hotel in Las Vegas, and fighters must remain in their rooms until they get their results, DAZN report.

A memo to athletes read: “This means you should not leave the Athlete Hotel or have physical contact with anyone other than the members of your camp until you have received your test result.

“If you test negative you may continue with fight week activities. If your result is positive, you should remain in your hotel room and await further instructions from UFC’s medical team.”

The second test will take place at Friday’s weigh-in.

Afterwards, fighters will again have to self-isolate until they receive their results.

The memo added: “During this time, no athletes or cornermen will be permitted to leave the Athlete Hotel without express prior approval from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“You also should not have physical contact with anyone other than the members of your camp.”

The UFC events on May 13 and 16 required competitors to take just one swab test each.

Saturday night’s action will be headlined by Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns and will take place at the UFC’s Apex arena in its Las Vegas HQ.


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