UFC veteran Paul Varelans has died due to COVID-19 complications. The 51-year-old fan-favorite passed away on Saturday at a hospital in Atlanta, GA.
- On Dec. 12, Varelans announced his positive COVID-19 test on social media. Five days later, UFC co-founder Art Davie revealed that Varelans had been placed on a ventilator and was "struggling."
- Two days ago, MMA author and historian Jonathan Snowden stated that Varelans had showed signs of progress a couple of weeks ago and started "breathing 70% on his own." But eventually the virus "overwhelmed" the former heavyweight fighter.
- Varelans made his MMA debut at UFC 6 in July 1996 and fought professionally for two years. He ended his short career with a record of 9-9. The UFC described him as "a powerful and effective fighter who was resilient in the face of danger."