Matt Frevola has been forced out of his fight with Frank Camacho this weekend at UFC On ESPN 11 after his cornerman Billy Quarantillo tested positive for covid-19.
The 31-year-old Quarantillo (pictured above) is a UFC fighter himself and actually fought just three weeks ago at UFC On ESPN 9 in Las Vegas, earning a unanimous decision victory over Spike Carlyle to go 2-0 in the Octagon since initially emerging via the Contender Series last year.
According to a post from Frevola, he has been tested twice and it came back negative, while Quarantillo isn’t exhibiting systemps and as such is believed to be asymptomatic.
“The UFC has pulled me from my fight due to one of my cornerman testing positive for COVID-19,” frevola confirmed on Instagram. “We did everything possible to make this fight happen. They tested me twice and both results came back negative. I also provided proof of my positive antibodies test from April 30th but the UFC did not want any liability or to risk it. Being that there is a lack of knowledge on the incubation period and still so many unknowns regarding covid 19, they decided to pull me bc of the positive test result from my teammate and brother, Billy Q. He’s been a huge help and source of support throughout camp and I have no hard feelings. He is 100% healthy at the moment and feels fine, so he must be a symptomatic.
This is a Crazy situation and everything happens for a reason. I am on weight and prepared to the fullest. I was really excited for this fight with Frank and told him if they find him a new opponent for Saturday I will be rooting for him. If not, I’m willing to rebook this fight ASAP or when ever he wants. I’m sorry to everyone who was excited to watch me fight and supports me along this journey, I really felt the love ❤️ ✊🏻. Can’t believe I’m the first fighter to get 2 fights canceled due to this virus (without even having it) but I know it has effected a lot more lives in worse ways 🙏🏻 . Figuring out the next move from here and will keep moving forward, that’s what we do! Should be booked to fight again ASAP and hope the UFC continues to take care of me.”