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Fight fans everywhere are rejoicing as UFC 249 is just days away. As we all know, this card will take place in an empty arena kind of like The Ultimate Fighter show was done because of the looming threat of the spread of Covid-19.
The UFC released a statement at the end of April in reference to their updated safety precautions:
Health and safety have long been a priority for UFC and we have set the standards for our industry. In light of the current circumstances, we plan to implement further enhanced safety measures as we return to producing live events…
We have worked closely with our medical staff and state and local officials, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, and Florida State Boxing Commission Executive Director Patrick Cunningham, to ensure the appropriate health and safety protocols are in place.
Pursuant to a request from the Florida State Boxing Commission, these events will be closed to the public and will be produced with only essential personnel in attendance. All athletes and staff will be required to adhere to a number of precautionary measures, such as participating in advanced medical screenings and temperature checks and following social distancing guidelines.
Part of those extra precautions added to the pre-fight medical checks are the skull-invading coronavirus test and no. 7-ranked Carla Esparza, who will be taking on No.8-ranked Michelle Waterson in a women’s strawweight bout, took us into the medical exam room to show off just how cringy these tests are.