A UFC fighter staying in the same Jacksonville hotel as a number of AEW stars has tested positive for coronavirus along with two of his cornermen.
Jacare Souza, who was set to fight Uriah Hall at UFC 249, tested positive at the hotel after previously testing negative on arrival.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said:
“So he arrives on Wednesday. Jacare lives in Orlando, so he did not fly in, he drove in from Orlando to Jacksonville with two or three cornermen, they were all in the same car. He had a relative who tested positive. He was fine, the cornermen were fine, they didn’t feel anything. They got there, they were tested on arrival, they all tested negative. When he got there on Wednesday, he told them – I don’t know if he told them before Wednesday but he definitely told them on Wednesday – that he had a family member who tested positive and they tested him, he was negative and they told him to stay away from everyone and they told his cornerpeople to stay away. But they all tested negative. They come back today and tested again and they all – I don’t know if he had two or three cornermen so it’s possible that one of them didn’t test positive – but two of them did. But three tested positive today.
“It was Jacksonville Hyatt Regency, about a mile from the building, it is the same hotel that a lot of the AEW talent, not all, is in right now, today. Because a lot of the talent stayed for the fight, I guess. The AEW talent was there Wednesday and Thursday so some of them may have gone home today, and they would be coming back on the 20th, and they’d be there from the 20th to the 27th, would be the next time. A lot of them went home already, but they were in the same hotel.”
Because it’s the UFC and it’s run by Dana White, the show is still going on despite this, but obviously Jacare’s fight has been pulled.
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