BREAKING: UFC Fighters Will Not Be Tested For Coronavirus Before Fight

Published 03/14/2020, 12:01 PM EDT


UFC Brasilia fighters are not being tested for the coronavirus ahead of tonight’s event in Brazil despite the fear of virus decimating the major sports league around the world.

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Cristiano Sampaio, the chief operating officer of the Brazilian MMA commission otherwise known as CABMMA, confirms this news to MMA Fighting.

Sampaio further reveals that fighters have not undergone precautionary testing ahead of the event.

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But they are closely monitored for any symptoms, Sampaio adds.

This shocking news can be the central thrust of criticism for the UFC Brasilia if some fighter is later found to be in a serious problem.

Steps are now being taken across the sporting world to counter the outbreak’s speed as all major sporting events have been hit by the virus.

Therefore, the news comes as surprising as to how the commission can take it any wrong.

What we did was follow the teams and athletes closely, alongside the UFC, for possible symptoms, and so far no one has presented any,” Sampaio reveals this to MMA Fighting.

“There was no suspicion even at the weigh-ins, where fighters would be more weaken with the weight cut.”

“The incubation period goes from five to 14 days, which could still result in a negative test.”

The UFC Fight Night 170 will go on as planned with no fans and media at the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium.

“We’re taking every measure possible under the current scenario,” Sampaio writes.

The move behind the shift to closed doors comes after the Governor issued a statement suspending every gathering with more than 100 people in the city.

The UFC Fight Night 170 will be headlined by two lightweights Kevin Lee and local native Charles Oliveira.

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Earlier on Friday Kevin Lee missed weight by 2.5 pounds.

But will still go on to headline the event.

In the lightweight division, Johnny Walker will face the Ukrainian Nikita Krylov.

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The co-main event will feature a pair of Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, Demian Maia and Gilbert Burns, in the welterweight division.

Maia, the No. 5 ranked 170-pounder meets Burns who is on a four-fight winning streak.

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