Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, but now the Brazilian MMA fighter could be in the fight of his life.
According to a report from Globo Esporte, Nogueira was admitted to a hospital in Jericoacoara, Brazil while suffering from flu-like symptoms. Nogueira was reportedly given oxygen support and serum injections before being transported to Hospital Regional Norte in the municipality of Sobral.
The hospital staff immediately followed COVID-19 protocols because it is suspected that Nogueira is suffering from COVID-19. The retired fighter was transported to a hospital in Fortaleza earlier today for specialized care, since Nogueira is most likely dealing with COVID-19.
There has been no statement from Nogueira or a representative at this time.
WorldOMeters reports that the country of Brazil has seen 5,945,849 cases on COVID-19, with another 167,455 dying due to the illness.
A short time after the above story came out, Nogueira would take to Twitter to reveal that he has not been diganosed with COVID-19:
Adam Martin of BJPenn.com provided the following translation of what Nogueira wrote:
Last week from Friday to Monday, we made a 300 km decision in this paradise that is Ceará. For friends who are asking about my health condition, I’m fine, I did all the tests, a negative Covid test, a small bruise on the right lung, Not everyone knows, but I have had some lung and diaphragm surgery when I was small. today I will continue doing exams and tests until tomorrow at a hospital in Fortaleza.
I’m doing very well, my friends, thank you.
BJPenn.com also reports that Nogueira was diagnosed with phuemonia and not COVID-19.
Nogueira also provided the following statement on the matter to MMA Fighting:
“I’m going to do a bronchoscopy to remove the blood from the lung and see with a camera exactly what (is going on). Yesterday’s exam ruled out the possibility of a pulmonary thrombosis, which worried me. Everything is ok."