Anderson "Berinja" dos Santos tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of his ‘Fight Island’ bout with Jack Shore, sources told me. Story coming to @MMAFighting.— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) July 3, 2020
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It seems that COVID-19 has forced the Ultimate Fighting Championship to change some of its plans for an upcoming “Fight Island” show.
“Berinja” is now in quarantine at a hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil, along with his coach Marcos “Babuino,” who also tested positive for COVID-19. The 34-year old Brazilian fighter was looking to bounce back from his two-bout skid against “Tank.” In his latest Octagon appearances, dos Santos was edged via unanimous decision by both Nad Narimani and Andre Ewell at UFC Fight Night 140 and UFC Fight Night 154, respectively.
Vinicius Moreira out of July 15 UFC bout with Modestas Bukauskas after testing positive for COVID-19 https://t.co/51k9vJfbgs— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) July 3, 2020
Shortly after the dos Santos news came out, MMA Fighting reported that Vinicius Moreira Castro also tested positive for COVID-19. He was supposed to clash with Modestas Bukauskas on the same July 15 card, and has likewise been forced out.
After earning a UFC contract on the Brazilian edition of Dana White's Contender Series, Moreira has not had great luck inside the Octagon. “Mamute” has been finished in the first round in each of those bouts, losing to Paul Craig, Eryk Anders and Alonzo Menifield in 2019.
It's unclear at the moment whether Shore and Bukauskas will receive new opponents. To date, six UFC fighters have officially tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately for all of them, dos Santos and Moreira joined a club whose membership extends to Ronaldo Souza, Billy Quarantillo, Lyman Good and Jimmie Rivera.