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UFC Provides Fighters With COVID-19 Safety Protocol Outline Ahead of UFC 249

May 1, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The UFC is pushing ahead with UFC 249 on May 9th, and the company has provided fighters with the company’s protocols to try and ensure safety during the event. MMA Weekly reports that the UFC sent fighters an email detailing the safety protocol for their upcoming events, which are taking place in Jacksonville.

According to the site, the email outlines that only designated UFC staff, the fighters slated to compete, and their licensed cornermen will be allowed on the site of the event. Additionally, the fighters and their cornermen will be required to undergo medical screening upon arrival to the host hotel and recurring daily after that.

Fighters and their teams will have credentials which must be worn at all times at the hotel, and the fighters will be provided with individual workout rooms along with mats, sanitizer, and a personal sauna that will help them with weight cutting. Hotel staff will make certain that rooms are sanitized and will provide room service around the lock. The hotel will also have on-site medical staff, while staff from the UFC’s Performance Institute will be there to provide nutritional support. More information will be provided to fighters when they arrive on site in Jacksonville.

UFC 249 will kick off a series of three events that will run over an eight-day period. ESPN is airing the empty arena shows, with UFC 249 showing its PPV main card on ESPN+ and the preliminary bouts airing on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+.

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