Deiveson Figueiredo Tested Positive For Covid-19, Rematch Against Benavidez In Jeopardy

Deiveson Figueiredo is schedule to rematch Joseph Benavidez on Fight Island for the vacant UFC flyweight championship. But the latest reports indicates that Figueiredo tested positive for Covid-19

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On Friday, reports from Combate’s Marcelo Barone indicates that flyweight contender Deiveson Figueiredo tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of his rematch against Joseph Benavidez. The Brazilian had already tested positive for the virus back in May. The UFC plans on testing him again but in case of a second positive test, Figueiredo will be forced to withdraw from his title bout against Benavidez on July 18.

 Deiveson Figueiredo’s status, his manager Wallid Ismail tells me Figueiredo had COVID 2 months ago. He tested positive today again. He is scheduled to get tested again tomorrow at 11 am local. They are hoping it’s a false positive and he’ll be able to fly to Abu Dhabi Sunday.

After a first fight that resulted in a no contest, Figueiredo and Benavidez are ready to battle again for the belt left vacant by Henry Cejudo. The Brazilian failed to make weight for the fight, which has been a constant issue during his UFC stint. But with a 7-1 record in the UFC and an exciting style, Figueiredo remains one of the most exciting flyweight fighters.

Published on July 11, 2020 at 9:09 am
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