Top bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes has revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Moraes, speaking to ESPN, stated that he had started to feel symptoms around 10 days ago and while both he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus, the couple’s two children were not infected.
“Unfortunately, I got the virus — me and my wife. We were very weak, the symptoms were very strong on us. Thank God I didn’t need to go to the hospital, but I had to take my wife to the hospital,” Moraes told ESPN Brazil. “We spent a day at the hospital. She was treated by them, she took some medicines, then she stayed under observation.”
Thankfully with Moraes’ family feeling better, the current #1 contender would also disclose during his interview that he had signed a bout agreement to face former champion Cody Garbrandt in his next bout.
“The fight [the UFC has] to do now is me versus Cody. And I think they will put [Aljamain] Sterling to fight Yan and whoever wins between me and Cody will be the next to fight for the belt,” Moraes said following the coronation of a new 135 lbs champion on Saturday. “The [UFC] is already planning [Moraes-Garbrandt] for October. The fight has already been offered, on my part it has already been accepted, I’m just waiting for the UFC.”