One of the reasons that Rivera hasn’t competed as of late is that both Rivera and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus.
“I didn’t have it that bad. I had it bad for like three days, and then I was fine afterward. But then at the same time, I do work out all the time,” Rivera told ESPN. “Where it really hit was, a couple weeks later, my wife got it, and that was really, really bad. She has immune [system] deficiency. She was really bad. She had a dry cough. She had everything puts toward this. It was a very slow process with recovering.”
Rivera was scheduled to fight at UFC 247 against Marlon Moraes, but was pulled from that encounter due to injury. The fighter also told ESPN that he is looking to return to action by August and would like to have the bout with Moraes rebooked.