Ketlen Vieira’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, grew to become the very first UFC-connected man or woman to examination beneficial for COVID-19 on UFC Combat Island. However he won’t be in her corner, Vieira will still be allowed to struggle.
Vieira is slated to confront Sijara Eubanks on the UFC 253 major card on Saturday. The headlining bout capabilities Israel Adesanya putting his middleweight belt on the line opposite Paulo Costa.
Although several fighters have been scratched from past UFC combat playing cards simply because a teammate or coach tested good, that will not be the situation for Vieira. Although Pederneiras has analyzed favourable, in accordance to a report by MMA Fighting, Vieira will be authorized to battle.
As opposed to the very first go all over at UFC Combat Island, in which Brazilian fighters and their assist teams ended up examined in advance of flying immediately from Sao Paulo to Abu Dhabi, this time the Brazilians have been to start with flown to London on industrial flights in advance of boarding planes to Abu Dhabi. Due to the fact of this, Vieira did not have speak to with Pederneiras en route to Battle Island and will be permitted to fight.
Pederneiras considered he experienced contracted COVID-19 again in Might when he experienced analyzed optimistic in advance of cornering Jose Aldo and other fighters on Combat Island in July. He was asymptomatic at that time, but quarantined away from his loved ones for two months before resuming function.
In accordance to Vieira, Pederneiras is suffering from mild symptoms this time, but seems to be performing ok.
With Pederneiras sidelined, Vieira will deal with Eubanks with just Marcos Galvao in her corner.
“It’s heading to be the two of us in opposition to the planet,” Vieira claimed (by way of MMA Combating). “We went by a good deal to get here, many issues. I’ll only have 1 corner on the struggle, so I just want to go away with my hand raised.
“[Pederneiras’ situation] only motivates me to go there and make him prouder.”
Ketlen Vieira UFC 253 Media Day
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