The UFC has implemented a protocol for fighters competing on the three upcoming cards in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 9, 13 and 16.
The trifecta of events, starting with UFC 249, will mark the first time the promotion has held an event since March 14. Since then, all events have either been postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In an email sent to the participating fighters and their teams on Thursday, the UFC detailed what should be expected during fight week – from fighters’ arrival on the premises until fight night. The email also denotes additional information will be provided to fighters at a later date.
Staff, fighters, cornermen only
The UFC notified fighters only designated UFC staff members, on-card fighters and their licensed cornermen will be allowed on site.
Mandatory daily medicals and testing
Upon arrival at the host hotel, the fighters and their cornermen must take part in mandatory medical screenings and a series of tests. This process will be repeated daily as long as the fighters and teams remain at the hotel. Further testing details will be provided in person upon arrival.
Weigh-in procedure run-through, credential distribution
Teams will then be informed of the weigh-in procedure and given credentials that are required to be worn at all times on the hotel premises.
Individual workout rooms
Each fighter will be provided with an individual workout room. Mats, mat sanitizer and a personal sauna will be provided.
Hotel staff will be on the premises
The host hotel’s housekeeping staff will be on the premises taking extra precautions to sanitize rooms and provide 24/7 room service.
The UFC Performance Institute will provide support, as needed
The UFC Performance Institute will be providing nutritional and Trifecta culinary support for all of the athletes.
Medical staff will be on the premises
“Performance-related matters,” defined as injury or illness, can be treated by the onsite medical staff, but massages and flushes will not be.