Numerous individuals with information of the predicament told MMA Battling on Monday night that “Borrachinha” opted to withdraw from the UFC Battle Night time headliner owing to a severe flu, and his brother and mentor Carlos Costa furnished further facts on his status.
“We just want to postpone [the fight] a 7 days or two so ‘Borrachinha’ can recuperate,” Carlos Costa explained to MMA Combating on Tuesday. “He experienced COVID and then had the flu, and the flu is using a very long time to go absent. We just want to postpone [the fight].”
In accordance to Carlos, the former UFC middleweight title contender examined positive for COVID-19 “a thirty day period in the past,” as perfectly as his girlfriend and mother. Carlos and his spouse were being also contaminated by the virus, he claimed.
“[Paulo’s] signs have been average,” Carlos mentioned. “But there’s an problem: He never ever stopped instruction. He ongoing schooling. He hasn’t absolutely recovered since then.
“He had sore throat, and then a enormous secretion in the chest. His physical conditioning dropped a minor bit, and then a few weeks ago he had this critical flu. We’ll get [a] upper body X-ray and other tests done to see if COVID has afflicted anything at all.”
The UFC has nonetheless to announce a choice pertaining to Whittaker’s subsequent move, but Costa’s crew hopes to re-guide the middleweight showdown for Could 1 or Might 8.
Costa is searching to bounce back to the acquire column just after a September decline to 185-pound winner Israel Adesanya in Abu Dhabi. He proceeds to write-up work out films on his social media accounts. According to his brother, “We’re instruction, but way lightly.”