The test means his clash with Uriah Hall has been cancelled, but raises concerns over the viability of restarting sporting events including but not limited to UFC.

Forty-year-old Brazilian Souza may have been contagious for days before the diagnosis and he attended press conferences and also a weigh-in last week.

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A UFC statement confirmed: “UFC’s medical team examined Souza and his two cornermen and found them to be currently asymptomatic.

“As per UFC’s health and safety protocols, all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely and will provide assistance with any necessary treatment.”

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