UFC’s Luana Carolina Taking Extra Precaution Ahead Of June 13 Fight
One of the major requirements the Nevada Athletic Commission made when announcing that combat sports would be allowed back in the state was the need for strict COVID-19 testing. The UFC has already complied with a guidebook with new testing protocols. Luana Carolina is doing everything she can to go above and beyond the needed approach provided.
The 26-year-old Carolina (6-1) is set to fight Ariane Lipski on June 13. Looking to be inside the UFC’s APEX Center, the Brazilian has already been taking tests for the coronavirus. Speaking with MMA Fighting, Carolina revealed that Capital da Luta, her gym, has partnered with a testing provider, spending over $400 on tests.
“Capital da Luta provided COVID-19 tests not only for her and myself since Luana signed the bout agreement,” Capital da Luta owner Lucas Martins stated, “but also two professional athletes that live in a lodging I have, and we’re doing weekly tests to guarantee the safety of Luana and their family, because their parents are a bit older.”
The UFC held three events a few weeks ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Ronaldo Souza and his team tested positive for the virus. This came after someone in his family tested positive and he told UFC staff.
One of the only issues with the UFC’s event in Brazil prior to Florida was that there was no testing done by the Brazilian Athletic Commission. Carolina wanted to make sure everything was perfect prior to her fight. After all, there are over 391,000 cases of the coronavirus in Brazil, according to John Hopkins University.
Her boyfriend has also been taking tests after driving her back and forth from the gym. Carolina beat Mabelly Lima in 2018 during Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. She won her UFC debut in May 2019, beating Priscila Cachoeira at UFC 237.
“Everything that can be done to guarantee the athlete’s safety is valid,” Martins went on to say. “But there were a lot of (UFC) events, and only ‘Jacare’ was confirmed (positive). In the midst of all this, I think everyone is being very cautious. We’re doing this because Sao Paulo is one of the peaks (of cases) in Brazil, so we had to do this for Luana.”