A cornerman for Ian Heinisch had tested positive for COVID-19, and causing the fighter to be removed from UFC 250. A second test came back negative, giving the fighter a second chance.

In a reversal, Ian Heinisch is once more scheduled to face Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight bout at UFC 250.

UFC 250 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

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Heinisch had been pulled from the fight for precautionary reasons after one of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19. The cornerman then took a second test, which came back negative, giving Heinisch a second chance. He’s still on the roster for the card. Source: MMAFighting.com.

The positive test was first reported by TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter and confirmed by MMA Junkie.

This was the first known positive UFC test since Ronaldo Souza tested positive and was pulled the day before UFC 249.

The UFC brought in newcomer Anthony Ivy as Heinisch’s potential replacement, but it appears Heinisch will now be brought back to fight in the preliminary bout.

cornerman for Ian Heinisch had tested positive for COVID-19

UFC 250 is scheduled for Saturday at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is overseeing the event with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Because a person affiliated with Heinisch tested positive in the closed setting, the fighter associated with the positive test needed to be pulled to prevent a possible spread of the coronavirus to others involved in the event.

Bronsteter reports the cornerman would be tested again to determine whether there was a false positive.

This article has been updated with the latest information.


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