UFC middleweight Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza is is scheduled to fight Uriah Hall at UFC 249 on April 18, reportedly on tribal lands at Tachi Palace in Northern California. The bout takes place during the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has Souza concerned, but he has to make a living.
“In a way it's good because we’ll be able to take care of our families,” said Souza to Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting. “I know the world is going crazy, but I believe Dana White will keep us all safe and put us to work. I pray that everything goes right.”
“I’m scared, that’s normal. Everyone’s scared. We try to keep everyone protected, but I keep thinking about one thing: if I can’t pay my house’s mortgage, if I can’t pay my bills, I’m going to lose my house. If I go out to the streets, that’s when it gets complicated, that’s when they really won’t be protected. I have to take care of my family one way or the other, and I believe… I know the UFC will keep me protected.
"They will take care of everybody. I can stay home, walk across the street and my neighbor infects me with the coronavirus. This virus is highly contagious. I can stay home and catch it. But I’m going to work. I hope God blesses Dana White and the UFC so they really can make it happen and I can take care of my family with safety.”