President Trump congratulated UFC for restarting the sports world Saturday night following a virtually two-month hiatus.
Trump’s recorded message has been performed during ESPN’s broadcast of this UFC 249 undercard in the fan-free stadium in Jacksonville.
They are going to have a significant game. We adore it. We think that it’s crucial. Get the sports leagues back. Let us play with. Do the social distancing and anything else you need to do. We need sports. We would like our game again.
UFC 249 functioned as the first major sporting event to occur because the international pandemic closed down a lot of the nation almost eight months ago. It was initially scheduled for April 18 at New York but has been postponed in hopes of helping slow down the spread of COVID-19.
The combined martial arts behemoth is holding three shows at eight days in Jacksonville, in which officials deemed professional sports using a nationwide audience exempt by a stay-at-home sequence provided that “the place is closed to the public.”
The UFC developed a 25-page record to handle safety and health protocols, processes that resulted in Jacaré Souza testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Souza’s two cornermen also analyzed as favorable, the UFC stated in a statement.
“All three guys have abandoned the host resort and are self-isolating off assumptions, in which UFC’s medical staff will monitor their requirements remotely and will offer help with any essential treatment,” that the UFC explained.
The favorable results indeed increased the focus on the function. Every other game is observing to see how it plays out. White previously stated Trump wants the occasion to function as a blueprint for the return of sports.
White did not wish to postpone any conflicts. He strove to sponsor the event on the tribal property in California and hopes to make a “Fight Isle” for prospective cards.
He settled for Jacksonville to get at least a week with no fans and social-distancing principles set up.
Judges and broadcasters were split. Fighters, coaches, referees, judges, UFC personnel as well as outside media needed to experience COVID-19 testing to get inside Veterans Memorial Arena.
But not everybody followed the rules. White mingled and bumped fists with virtually every fighter throughout official weigh-ins held within a hotel ballroom Friday.
Souza came wearing gloves and a mask while he awakened his evaluation results. However, he’d alerted UFC officials a relative at Orlando, where he had been analyzing, could have tested positive for the coronavirus. His competitor, Hall, wore a mask and maintained his distance. White stood between them with no cover.
A lot of those in attendance Saturday wore gloves and masks, although many were exempt from the mandate.
The cage floor has been rigged between spells, along with the cushioned areas of the octagon were wiped down between rounds.
Without lovers, sounds that generally will be muted or drowned out stuffed the empty stadium. Every kick, punch, grunt, and measure within the octagon echoed. Commentators and camera clicks can be heard throughout the way. Training tips and trades were widespread, frequently R-rated as well as comical occasionally.
“I don’t like people anyhow,” explained Ryan”Superman” Spann, that obtained a success from the opening bout. “It is fine. It had been nothing. The entire world is my audience.”
–Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (23-10) beat Donald”Cowboy” Cerrone (36-15) at a crazy welterweight battle that included a flurry of trades, even one kick after the last bell. Pettis won that one too.
It was a split decision that comprised more toe-to-toe blows off than floor grappling.
It had been Esparza’s third consecutive victory from the straw-weight branch.
–Vicente Luque (18-7-1) won for the first time in eight conflicts when he overcomes Niko Price (14-4) at a bloodbath. The battle was ruled that a TKO in the third round after Cost developed a nasty cut over his eye. Luque was forward on all three cards as it had been called.