Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier keeps himself busy between mixed martial arts (MMA) fights by calling visual action for payment (PPV) alongside the game man Jon Anik.
With the occasional appearance of Joe Rogan.
But their three-person stand was to be split into individual seats in the Octagon for UFC 249 on April 18 at the Tachi Palace Resort, in order to maintain social distance while protecting everyone from the potential spread of the coronavirus.
“One of the biggest concerns for me was that no one could come with you – like no one,” said Cormier Ariel Helwani (transcribed by Tom Taylor). “They said” DC, you have to come. You will check in at the hotel, they will screen you and make sure you are ok. Then you’re going to enter the arena, call the fights, and then you’re going to leave. “I mean, in terms of what they were going to try to do to protect us, it was crazy. [Joe] Rogan, myself and [Jon] Anik – the Octagon has eight sides – we would each be on a different side of the Octagon [rather than side-by-side] just to make sure we get away from each other. “
UFC President Dana White, who was criticized by “run-down” combat sports media for circumventing regulations and risking the safety of his talent for another ESPN paycheck, insisted that his traveling circus was the safest place in town.
Looks like Cormier agrees.
“By the time I’m done with this conversation [with the UFC], I felt like I was almost safer at the event than I was elsewhere because they are just people who are fine, we are all distant from each other, you will pay and you’re there for a day, “said the former light heavyweight champion. “I could have driven on Saturday morning, called the fighting, gone home on Saturday evening. It was perfect for me. “
It was not perfect for California Governor Gavin Newsom, who called Disney – ESPN’s parent company – to complain about the white robbery of whites during a global pandemic. This ended UFC 249 for the foreseeable future.
Or at least until “Fight Island” is operational.