Rafael Dos Anjos Tests Positive For COVID-19, Off UFC 254

Rafael Dos Anjos was set to return to lightweight at UFC 254, where he was scheduled for a bout against Islam Makhachev.

However, that won’t be happening anymore because RDA has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been pulled from the card. Dos Anjos revealed the news on Twitter:

“Life is like those things that we don’t understand now, but that will be revealed in the future. I left the comfort zone in the United States to come to Rio de Janeiro and restart my career. The stay was the best possible, feeling the warmth of my wonderful city, breathing the smell that only the ocean here has, and sharing the joy of the priceless smiles of my people even hidden behind the masks. Being able to be taken care of by the health professionals who are the best in the world and who I trust with my eyes closed, experiencing the training with the best coaches and other professionals who struggle every day to achieve their dreams. I came to rescue my dream of becoming a champion again, and that goal was achieved. Sharing my experiences with the Nova Uniao team and learning many details to improve my game and close the gaps in the future, none of this was in vain. Unfortunately, I will not be able to compete on the 24th. COVID-19 caught me big time and the doctors cut me out. But soon I will be back victorious inside the Octagon! Nothing can take away the blessing that is upon us. God will provide.”

Makhachev is expected to remain on the card at this time, as UFC officials are seeking a replacement opponent for him to fight.

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