Matt Frevola is off this weekend’s UFC on ESPN 11 card. News broke Thursday that Frevola’s removal from the event was due to a cornerman testing positive for COVID-19, a fact Frevola confirmed on social media.
Frevola (8-1-1) has won two straight and had been expected to face Frank Camacho at the event.
“The UFC has pulled me from my fight due to one of my cornerman testing positive for COVID-19,” Frevola announced on Instagram. “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 [because] of the two positive test results from my teammate and brother, Billy [Quarantillo]. 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 asymptomatic. This is a Crazy situation and everything happens for a reason.”
Quarantillo actually fought roughly a month ago, earning a win over Spike Carlyle at UFC Vegas on May 30. That was the first event back in Nevada for the UFC. At the time, there were no reports of any positive test for fighters on the card.
“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,” Frevola continued. “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 two 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.”
In Fevola’s place will step Justin Jaynes (15-4). Jaynes will be making his octagon debut on short notice off the strength of four straight first round finishes. A pro since 2013, “Guitar Hero” has competed in one-offs for Bellator and the WSOF in the past. MMA Junkie first reported Jaynes stepping in.