Juan Archuleta had a rough run-in with COVID-19.
Archuleta and Patrick Mix will meet on Saturday, September 12 in the main event of Bellator 246, with the winner becoming the new Bellator bantamweight champion. The bantamweight contender thought COVID-19 was a hoax, but changed his mind once he had to battle the coronavirus.
“I was the type of person that didn’t believe in this,” Archuleta told MMA Junkie. “But it’s like, ‘I’m healthy, I’m not going to catch this, this thing is a hoax.’ And then catching it is like, kind of sets you back, and I started experiencing the symptoms, and I’m like man, I don’t want my give my kids this.”
Archuleta tested positive for the coronavirus this past July, when the promotion initially tried booking him against Mix for the vacant bantamweight title. One way that Archuleta describes the coronavirus is one of the craziest sicknesses he has ever had.
“No asymptomatic for me,” Archuleta said. “I had all symptoms besides throwing up. Other than that, the chest pressure, the swollen neck, the sore throat, felt like a strep throat, the body chills, body pain, just everything. It was one of the craziest sicknesses that I’ve ever dealt with.”
Bellator 246 takes place on Saturday, September 12 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut with Juan Archuleta and Patrick Mix headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on the Paramount Network.