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A cornerman for Ian Heinisch has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. For precautionary reasons, Heinisch was removed from his UFC 250 bout against Gerald Meerschaert.
Multiple sources suggest the positive test has caused concerned for many of the athletes and their teams on the ground, especially those fighters who had recently been around Heinisch. The UFC has so far been unavailable to comment on the situation.
The upcoming fight week and UFC 250 are overseen by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Contact tracing is part of the NAC’s recently instated COVID-19 safety protocols. These protocols will be key in assessing if any other athletes should face precautionary measures.
Heinisch’s cornerman is the first known positive UFC test since Ronaldo Souza and his team tested positive during UFC 249 fight week in May.
With Heinisch out, his originally scheduled opponent Gerald Meerschaert now fights UFC newcomer Anthony Ivy.
UFC 250 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
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