The UFC sent out an email implementing a protocol for UFC Staff, fighters, and cornermen amongst others on the three upcoming cards in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 9, 13, and 16. In the email you can read in detail what should be expected during fight week.
UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje will take place on Saturday, May 9 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. All prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ in English and Spanish beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. The prelims will continue exclusively on ESPN & ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET and the ESPN+ Pay-Per-View main card will kick off at 10 p.m. ET. This will be the first of three events taking place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on May 9, 13, and 16 respectively. These events will be closed to the public and will be produced with only essential personnel in attendance.
Below you can read what the email states:
- UFC Staff, fighters and cornermen only
Only appointed UFC staff, licensed cornermen, and fighters participating on the card will be allowed on the event site.
- Mandatory daily medicals and testing
Upon arrival at the designated hotel (prior to the fight), fighters and cornermen will be instructed to take part in mandatory medical screenings and tests. The tests will be repeated daily and throughout the team’s entire stay at the host hotel. Testing information will be provided to each individual on arrival.
- Hotel staff will be on the premises
Housekeeping staff will still be working on the hotel premises. They will be taking extra precautions to provide 24/7 room service and sanitization of the hotel.
- Weigh-in procedure and credential distribution
Teams will also be informed of weigh-in protocol upon arrival. They will be provided with credentials and they must be worn at all times during their hotel stay.
- Individual workout rooms
Individual workout rooms with mats and mat sanitizer will be provided for fighters and teams to train in. Personal saunas will also be available.
- The UFC Performance Institute to provide nutritional support
The UFC performance institute will provide nutritional support to all fighters participating in the three upcoming cards.
- Medical staff will be on the premises
Medical staff will be onsite to treat “performance-related matters” such as injury. Non-essential medical treatments including massage and flushes will not be provided.
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