“I must announce my withdrawal from my fight August 4th,” Syler wrote on a statement on Facebook. “I have tested positive for Covid 19. The symptoms started around the start of this week. Unfortunately, I couldn’t say anything about it until the tests came back. I apologize to Contender Series, my opponent Kenny Cross, and everybody that was excited to see this fight.
Syler (10-0 MMA) competed on Season 3, defeating Lance Lawrence in a lopsided unanimous decision victory. But due to Syler missing weight by 6.5 pounds, UFC president Dana White passed on the opportunity to sign him and award him a UFC contract.
“El Niño Bala” trains out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. Syler last fought in December and defeated Franco Aranda by submission at Combate Bolivia MMA 3.