CABMMA Not Testing For Coronavirus Ahead Of UFC Fight Night Brasilia


This weekend's UFC Fight Night Brasilia card has become an empty arena event due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

However, while the coronavirus is a concern for the UFC and the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA), it apparently wasn’t enough of a concern to test the fighters competing on Saturday Night.

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“What we did was follow teams and athletes closely, alongside the UFC, for possible symptoms, and so far no one has presented any,” CABMMA COO Cristiano Sampaio said in a written statement 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.”

Thus far, no fighters competing on tomorrow night’s card have the coronavirus, but that can easily change by the time the card has come to an end.

Despite not testing for the coronavirus, one thing Sampaio wants people to know is that the CABMMA is taking all possible measures to ensure tomorrow night’s event goes off without a hitch.

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

UFC Fight Night Brasilia takes place tomorrow night from the Ginasio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil with Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on ESPN.

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