Inside UFC 249 fight venue with social distancing at cageside, no crowd, judges separated and commentators spread out – The Sun

DANIEL CORMIER has revealed the safety measures in place at UFC 249 as the pay-per-view event takes place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Initially set for April 18 in Brooklyn, UFC president Dana White has faced a host hurdles after twice having to cancel show.



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But after professional sports in Florida were able to resume, due to it being critical to their economy, UFC 249 was moved to take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena with Tony Ferguson headlining against Justin Gaethje.

Former heavyweight champion Cormier, working as a commentator, shared a video on Twitter of the UFC's social distancing measures.

Commentators have all been separated, media members are spread out while commissioners, cornermen and security are also scattered around the venue.

Staff in the video were also seen wearing PPE face masks.

Fighters were said to have had both swab and antibody tests throughout fight week, as well as having their temperatures checked daily and asked questions about coronavirus symptoms.

Swab tests can detect if a person currently has Covid-19, while the antibody is conducted via a blood sample and tells you if you have had it.

Middleweight Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza tested positive for the virus forcing his fight against Uriah Hall to be cancelled, with the Brazilian then leaving the UFC's hotel to social distance and receive medical attention.

In a statement to ESPN, White said: "We administered 1,200 tests this week, on 300 people.

"It's not unexpected one person would test positive. The system works.

"And what's good about this, is now we know Jacare tested positive, he's doing what he needs to do and we're in a position to help him if he needs it."



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