Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was originally slated to be a part of last weekend’s UFC 249 in a bout against Uriah Hall, but was pulled from the card after testing positive for COVID-19 in pre-fight screening. His cornermen also tested positive for the virus, and fingers are crossed that the safety measures the UFC put into place for the event and the leadup to it have been enough to prevent others from catching it as well.
Now, Souza has shared his first statement about the situation since his diagnosis, saying that he still hopes his planned fight with Hall will move forward in the future.
“I was very sad to not be able to fight at UFC 249, but I want you to know that, as soon as I’m medically cleared, I hope to reschedule my fight with Uriah Hall so that I can put on the show that everyone expects. I thank my corners for the partnership, my opponent for the words of support and the UFC for all the care.
Thank you all for the kind messages I have received in the last few days. The upcoming weeks I will be secluded with my family and coaches and focused on our health so I can be back soon.