Raulian Paiva’s Coach Has Covid-19; Won’t Be In His Corner At UFC 251

In what seems to be an increasingly common occurence, another UFC fighter’s cornerman has tested positive for Covid-19.

This time it’s Brazilian flyweight fighter Rulian Paiva’s coach, Ronildo Nobre who has been found to have coronavirus and as such he won’t be able to fly to Yas Island for the UFC 251 event on July 11th.

Nobre and has family, who have also tested positive, are said to be doing ok, while Paiva himself has tested negative and so he will still compete against Zhaglas Zhumagulov on the undercard of the pay-per-view event.

Brazil has been one of the hardest hit countries in the world during the coronavirus pandemic, and that appears to be reflected in the number of fighters and cornermen from the region who have also been affected both in the UFC and beyond over the past few months.

Paiva entered the UFC via Dana White’s Contender Series after compiling an 18-1 record, but the 24-year-old endured a rough start to his time in the Octagon with back-to-back defeats against Kai Kara-France and Rogerio Bontorin.

However, Paiva has since bounced back with a KO victory over Mark De La Rosa in February and is now looking to further establish himself in the weight class.

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