Matt Frevola is out of UFC on ESPN 11 this Saturday, June 20.
The promotion pulled Frevola from his fight with Frank Camacho after his cornerman, UFC featherweight Billy Quarantillo, tested positive for COVID-19. Despite testing negative on two separate occasions, Frevola was removed for precautionary reasons.
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The UFC has pulled me from my fight due to one of my cornerman testing positive for COVID-19. 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 2 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.
Quarantillo is three weeks removed from a decision win against Spike Carlyle at UFC on ESPN 9 on May 30.
Jacare Souza and two of his cornermen also tested positive for coronavirus. It forced him out of a middleweight bout with Uriah Hall at UFC 249 on May 9. Ian Heinisch’s cornerman also tested positive, but remained on the card after the test came back as a false negative before UFC 250 on June 6.
Matt Frevola is coming off two-consecutive wins against Jalin Turner and Luis Pena.
Camacho is 1-1 since moving back to lightweight. He most recently suffered a first-round submission loss to Beneil Dariush at UFC on ESPN+ 20 in October 2019.
There’s been no announcement of a replacement for Camacho as of yet.
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