JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On the full speaking, UFC president Dana White is elated with the COVID-19 making an strive out system his promotion instituted for UFC 249 combat week.
Friday night, middleweight Ronaldo Souza, changed into the first promotional fighter to examine clear for COVID-19 as outcomes of a UFC-rush test. “Jacare” Souza used to be scheduled to combat Uriah Hall on the UFC 249 prelims. As an replacement, he and two of his corners chanced on out coronavirus used to be of their system – and were sent dwelling.
“We chanced on out very finest night,” White talked about, at a UFC 249 press convention following the conclusion of Saturday’s tournament. “Your complete world is peculiar factual now. Everything is peculiar. This complete tournament is peculiar. It’s varied. We live in a particular world than we did two months ago. The underside line is the system worked. What you don’t make a choice on to pause is 2 days after the combat direct, ‘Oh (expletive), ‘Jacare’ examined clear. So it worked. The system worked that we set up in tell.”
Upon his arrival in Jacksonville on Wednesday, Souza, 40, notified UFC making an strive out workers a household member had beforehand had COVID-19. Friday night, Souza used to be notified he examined clear.
White used to be asked if there used to be any considered initially sending Souza dwelling pretty than getting him defend 48 hours on the host hotel amongst the so a lot of combatants?
“This guy used to be with the folk he used to be with your complete time,” White talked about. “We kept him a ways from folk and now we know that he has it. He examined clear. We examined him. All of us know he has it. Now we’ll have the choice to wait on him, too. Whatever this guy goes to need, we know he’s clear and we’ll have the choice to wait on him and is household. I don’t know what he’s going to need medically.
“That’s the so a lot of thing. As soon as we’re making an strive out all of our employees and all of our combatants, we’ll discover who has this thing and we’ll have the choice to wait on them.”
Admittedly, White talked about there’s room to toughen. Love most first-time experiences, White talked about tweaks could per chance well even be made to toughen. He expects the upcoming occasions on Wednesday, Would per chance perchance well 13 and Saturday, Would per chance perchance well 16 to rush even smoother.
“The model that this week went will factual get better,” White talked about. “We’ll get better by Wednesday. Then, we’ll be better by Saturday. Then after Saturday, we’ll beginning to make a choice our walk and if truth be told get this thing dialed in and get it figured out. The longer this goes, the upper the making an strive out skills goes to get and the sooner this could get. We’re going to expose by subsequent Saturday that professional sports can arrive help safely.”
UFC 249 takes tell Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The major card airs on pay-per-be taught about following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.