The excitement for the first live sporting event in the USA for nearly two months was dampered some Saturday morning, with the announcement that Ronaldo Souza had tested positive for COVID-19.
Souza was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall in one of the earlier bouts at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, but was pulled out of the event when he, and three members of his corner, tested positive for the coronavirus.
“UFC’s medical team examined Souza and his two cornermen and found them to be currently asymptomatic, or not exhibiting the common symptoms of COVID-19,” UFC said in a statement. “As per UFC’s health and safety protocols, all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely and will provide assistance with any necessary treatment.”
The testing done all week did what it was supposed to, and now the event will go forward with 11 bouts instead of 12.
UFC 249 Updated Prediction on Tony Ferguson against Justin Gaethje
Some of the odds have changed for the event, most notably for the main event, pitting Tony Ferguson against Justin Gaethje. Ferguson has moved from -180 to -210 (as of 8:30 a.m. EDT Saturday) on bet365NJ, with Gaethje’s odds lengthening to +175.
Cejedo is now a favorite
Henry Cejedo is now a -225 favorite over Dominick Cruz (+187) in the scheduled 10 p.m. EDT fight, while Francis Ngannou is -275 over Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+225) in the last fight before the main event.