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Jose Aldo’s Longtime Coach Reports He’s Tested Positive For COVID-19

One of MMA's most respected coaches, Andre Pederneiras, has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 continues to impact the MMA world, as Nova Uniao’s renowned leader, Andre Pederneiras, has confirmed he’s tested positive for the virus.

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Pederneiras confirms positive test for COVID-19

The highly regarded coach, who has helped guide the careers of former champs like Jose Aldo, Eduardo Dantas and Renan Barao, recently posted the statement below. In it, Pederneiras confirmed that while he feels okay, he has tested positive for the coronavirus (English statement via MMA Junkie).

“Good morning everyone!

“I took the Covid-19 test and it was positive. I am well, fulfilling my isolation at home, and my biggest concern at this moment is to continue our fundraising campaign, because the hunger of the less fortunate cannot fail to be quenched due to a MOMENTARY low medical in the middle of this war that we are fighting, to feed the less fortunate.

“Regardless of whether I am unable to go to the street, our army of ATHLETES AND COLLABORATORS will continue to distribute the basic food baskets at the scheduled times – and as soon as I am free, I will be back in front of everything, buying and distributing the food TOGETHER WE WIN THIS WAR.

“Every week I go to the bank to get the statement to account for the campaign. Unfortunately, this week I will have to post the cell phone statement (which I don’t like to do because it doesn’t show the name of André Pederneiras Institute and the value together), but as soon as I’m released to leave, I’ll post the statement the way it came making.

“The motto of my life has always been FIGHTING TO WIN, and it will be no different now!! My thanks to everyone who is donating and helping these people in need in some way.”

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Bom dia a todos! Fiz o teste da Covid-19 e deu positivo. Estou bem, cumprindo meu isolamento em casa, e minha maior preocupação nesse momento é continuar a nossa campanha de arrecadação, porque a fome dos menos favorecidos não pode deixar de ser saciada por conta de uma MOMENTÂNEA baixa médica no meio dessa guerra que estamos travando, de alimentar os menos favorecidos. Independentemente de eu estar impossibilitado de ir à rua, nosso exército de ATLETAS E COLABORADORES vai continuar a distribuição das cestas básicas nos horários marcados – e assim que eu estiver liberado, estarei de volta à frente de tudo, comprando e distribuindo os alimentos PARA JUNTOS VENCERMOS ESSA GUERRA. Toda semana tenho ido ao banco tirar o extrato para prestar contas da campanha. Infelizmente, essa semana terei que postar o extrato do celular (o que não gosto de fazer porque não mostra o nome do Instituto André Pederneiras e o valor juntos), mas assim que for liberado para sair, voltarei a postar o extrato da forma como vinha fazendo. O lema da minha vida sempre foi LUTANDO PARA VENCER, e não será diferente agora!! Meu muito obrigado a todos que estão doando e ajudando essas pessoas tão necessitadas de alguma forma.

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Full recovery

Hopefully Pederneiras continues to feel well and he recovers soon. Aldo had been scheduled to fight Henry Cejudo on May 9th in Brazil.

But, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Dominick Cruz was tapped to fight Cejudo instead. Cejudo defended the bantamweight title via second round stoppage, before announcing he was retiring.

 

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