Figueiredo’s supervisor, Wallid Ismail, on Friday explained to MMA Preventing the Brazilian flyweight title challenger was thanks to fly to Abu Dhabi from Sao Paulo, a person of a few hub metropolitan areas the UFC has selected for fighters traveling to “Fight Island,” for the July 18 fight at Yas Island. As portion of the trip, Figueiredo was examined for COVID-19, and he unsuccessful the exam, blocking him from obtaining on the airplane.
Ismail claimed Figueiredo tested optimistic for the virus two months back following struggling from signs of the virus. But he denied the fighter was even now contaminated and blamed the test for a optimistic consequence. He extra Figueiredo’s corners also tested negative for COVID-19 and reported the fighter will be tested again with the hopes of boarding an additional airplane to Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
“He couldn’t have analyzed constructive simply because he experienced COVID two months ago,” Ismail said.
Phrase of Figueiredo’s favourable examination was initial claimed by Combate. A UFC rep informed MMA Fighting the promotion is seeking into the matter and declined further remark.
The CDC and WHO nevertheless are uncertain on irrespective of whether a human being previously infected with COVID-19 is entirely immune to upcoming infections. In Could, WHO medical doctor Maria Van Kerkhove informed the BBC that the company has noticed earlier contaminated people who’ve formerly analyzed detrimental then test positive quite a few weeks later on. She attributed the phenomenon to the healing system of the lungs as it eliminated lifeless cells.
“There’s fragments of people lungs that are screening constructive for PCR,” she claimed. “It’s not infectious virus. It is not the infection. It’s not reactivation. It is basically part of the therapeutic process.”
A few kinds of COVID-19 tests are at the moment in popular use: PCR, which appears to be for the genetic material of the coronavirus antibody, which looks whether a human being has earlier been contaminated, and antigen, which appears for active infection. It’s not identified what variety of COVID-19 check Figueiredo took that created the beneficial. In a UFC push launch that touted “Fight Island” protection protocols, it famous the advertising expected to conduct “approximately 3,300 pre-departure and on-website COVID-19 antigen checks for UFC athletes and party staff.”
Checks done in Sao Paulo integrated a nasal swab, which ordinarily signifies a PCR test, and a throat swab, which takes the saliva required for an antigen exam.
In an job interview with MMA Battling on Wednesday, Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist previously vital of the UFC’s tests protocols, said the marketing would be extra efficient utilizing PCR tests, as antigen checks usually trigger false positives.
If confirmed positive and ruled out of the struggle, Figueiredo would suffer one more devastating occupation setback. Prior to his 1st meeting with Benavidez in February, which ended in a brutal knockout earn, he failed to make weight and was ruled ineligible to gain a title remaining vacant by previous two-division champ Henry Cejudo.
Even with his most new setback, Figueiredo has gained his past 3 fights, finishing two of 3.