Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) already had a very strict security program to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during its events, which started on May 9, 2020 with UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida, and continued until his most recent events in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But with the promotion that is preparing for the eagerly awaited July, which will see Dana White and Co. organize four events in 15 days on “Fight Island” on the island of Yas, in Abu Dhabi (preview here) starting with UFC 251 on July 11, the UFC relaunched its protocols a notch. This is because the UFC will start flying in its international stars, as well as many fighters who reside in the United States on the island.
MMA Junkie has obtained specific details regarding the agenda and the guidelines that all fighters must follow while on “Fight Island”. And it’s very strict.
A ballroom has been transformed into a gym with cardio equipment.
Each athlete will receive “sufficient accommodation for themselves and their entire camp.”
Each athlete will receive a private training space with mats – a converted room, near the room in which they are staying.
Cleaning supplies will be provided to athletes, as well as a portable sauna.
Athletes will not have access to the halls until they pass the COVID-19 tests.
Meals and food
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered to each athlete, as well as a $ 150 / day credit for a la carte items.
Three dining options are available – two restaurants (which will only allow 30% capacity) or in-room dining. There are also a handful of pocket restaurants on-site.
Athletes will not be eligible for free meal options (above) on days when they use Trifecta meals (the nutrition program at UFC PI).
Test, social distance and PPE
Athletes and corners will be tested four times
1. Before departure
2. Upon arrival at the airport
3. In the hotel room, once the results return from test 2
4. The day of weighing
The test procedures favor a previously published overview of what all travelers should expect:
Fighters will be required to wear face masks and gloves when outside their bedroom or training room.
The UFC will provide athletes with PPE.
The UFC requires athletes and turns to stay two meters apart as much as possible.
Hotel rooms will be cleaned every 48 hours.
No more than 21 people are allowed at a time in the hotel gym.
The gym will be closed every two hours for a short cleaning.
The gymnasium is open 24 hours a day, but due to capacity restrictions, it is only accessible to athletes and camps from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
No towel or water station will be provided.
Individuals should disinfect equipment after use.
The pool and spa are closed.
Shops: There are no shops or stores located in the security zone, except for a “base store” in the hotel.
Restaurants: There are dining options in the Yas Plaza hotel area.
Golf course: An on-site golf course will be open to athletes.
“Other attractions” will also be open.
Food deliveries must enter through a designated “safe area”
Food deliveries are not allowed unless they are deemed “essential to the business.”
In addition, the calendar of events shows that all events will start well after midnight local time in order to align with the usual ESPN + and ESPN live start times. It also prevents fighters from having to fight in the dreadful heat of Abu Dhabi, which will reach more than 110 degrees during the month of July.
The world belongs to those who get up early.
In total, the class has organized eight events since returning from its two-month break following the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of one fighter – Ronaldo Souza – and four cornermen tested positive for the coronavirus, leading to three canceled fights.
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