The Incredible Set Of Rules In Place To Ensure UFC 249 Happens
The UFC have drawn up a huge and in-depth list of rules and regulations to ensure UFC 249 can go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Dana White has received huge backlash for not cancelling the April 18 event, but a venue has reportedly been found in the shape of The Tachi Palace Casino Resort on tribal land in California.
Yahoo Sports have reported per the Daily Mail that precautions in place are thorough and will include the number of doctors on site being doubled.
Housekeeping staff won't be allowed to access fighter's rooms during their stay, while treadmills and portable saunas are to be put into fighter's rooms allowing them to cut weight without going outside.
'Advanced' medical screening will also be used in addition to social distancing guidelines being followed.
Commentary, which is still slated to be from Joe Rogan, will be located in the same room but not 'directly against the Octagon'.
Tony Ferguson will face off with Justin Gaethje in the main event for the interim lightweight championship after original opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov had to pull out due to travel issues.
The fight is signed and is 100% ON LIVE on ESPN somewhere on EARTH!!!! :smiley:@TonyFergusonXT vs @Justin_Gaethje is LIVE on @espn+ PPV April 18th for the interim lightweight belt! pic.twitter.com/aH44zg5K30
- danawhite (@danawhite) April 6, 2020
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White also confirmed earlier this week that he's 'securing a private island' to continue holding fights for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.
"I am a day or two away from securing a private island," White told TMZ.
"I have a private island that I've secured; we're getting the infrastructure put in now, so I'm gonna start doing the international fights, too.
"With international fighters, because I won't be able to get international fighters into the U.S., I have a private island that I'm gonna start flying them all in and doing international fights from there.
Dana White says the fighters won't know where they're heading to as far as his fight island goes
So it's also basically a hidden secret fight island
This is my favorite story of 2020 pic.twitter.com/vyd5Xb0vr8
- Connoisseur of Combat (@ConOfCombat) April 7, 2020
"So as of April 18th, the UFC is back up and running."
White plans to have fights taking place every week on the island and says UFC have their own planes to fly talent in and out.
No fans will be able to attend due to the current world climate but it's a very exciting move from the promotion.
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