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Shooto Brazil, Jungle Fight postpone events due to coronavirus pandemic

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Jungle Fight 103 was set for Saturday night in Manaus, Brazil
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Brazilian MMA promotions Shooto Brazil and Jungle Fight decided to postpone their upcoming events in Manaus and Rio de Janeiro as coronavirus cases escalate to more than 530 in the country.

Rio de Janeiro has more than 60 confirmed cases of coronavirus with one confirmed death. Amazonas had two confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday. Unlike other countries, Brazil is only testing patients that show severe signs of the disease, so the number could be considerably higher than the official reports indicate.

Jungle Fight 103 was scheduled for March 21 in Manaus, Amazonas, and promoter Wallid Ismail originally planned on marching forward despite the national concern. Ismail changed plans on Tuesday, moving on with the event behind closed doors, but pulled the plug the following day.

Ismail plans on holding the event in late-April or early-May, if the situation is under control by then.

Shooto Brazil was booked to go down at the head quarters of Nona Uniao gym in Rio de Janeiro on April 24, but opted to postpone it—and the next unannounced events—until further notice.

Nova Uniao star Jose Aldo is currently scheduled to challenge Henry Cejudo for the UFC bantamweight championship May 9 in Sao Paulo. As the local government forces gyms to close amid the pandemic, Aldo wrote on a social media his training routine is more restrict now, following the health and hygiene protocols.