Upcoming UFC broadcasts are going to be totally different in some ways on account of coronavirus disaster precautions and that features how interviewers work together with fighters backstage.
Veteran broadcast crew member Laura Sanko was ready to cope with these modifications after initially being assigned to work UFC 249 on April 18. That occasion was subsequently postponed and moved to Might 9 in Jacksonville, Fla., with Sanko grateful to nonetheless be in tow. As a lot as she respects the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak, she’s comfortable to get again to work.
“I bought the textual content from my boss simply moments after I noticed one thing on-line,” Sanko stated on the What the Heck present. “Actually, inside two minutes. I used to be actually disillusioned. However I perceive why it occurred. I do perceive the opposite aspect of the equation, however I’m very comfortable to say I’m headed out for Might 9. I’ve a brand new aim to hit, I’m excited to go to these fights and that card seems loopy good.”
The UFC has put collectively a star-studded card for what can be its first present following a sequence of postponements and cancellations in March and April, headlined by an interim light-weight title combat between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Henry Cejudo defends his bantamweight title towards former champion Dominick Cruz within the co-main occasion, and a bevy of different notable names can even be in motion together with Francis Ngannou, Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Fabricio Werdum, Michelle Waterson, and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
That lineup has Sanko excited in regards to the prospect of getting again to work, even when she understands that working situations won’t be conducive to getting up-close-and-personal interviews this time round. Based mostly on what she was advised about what the protocol would have been for April 18, Sanko is anticipating it to be dealt with in a similar way on Might 9.
“I might have are available a bit of bit in a while Friday and there was going to be a medical test as quickly as we bought in,” Sanko stated. “We had been sort of instructed to stay to a room, simply actually restrict the quantity of individuals and objects that you simply are available contact [with] and be actually, actually good with it. There have been strict directions even about the best way that I used to be going to conduct my interviews, which I’m imagining would nonetheless apply to Might 9.
“It’s tough, as a result of with the social media interviews they’re filmed vertically in order that they are often put up on an Instagram story. So we don’t have the profit actually of with the ability to stand too far aside. So I really could be doing a lot of my interviews virtually in an Instagram Dwell format the place I’m on a telephone and the fighter’s on a telephone in a barely separate location. This stays to be seen and the logistics are a bit of clunky, however I additionally stated I’m personally not against doing interviews that may be at an inexpensive distance both.”
UFC President Dana White is being coy with the media in terms of meting out particular particulars with reference to how the group’s COVID-19 (an official UFC assertion addressing well being and security was launched Friday), however Sanko stays optimistic that the UFC is doing what it may well to look out for these collaborating within the Might 9 present.
“We’ll see what occurs, however they’re undoubtedly going above and past to ensure that all people is as secure as potential,” Sanko stated. “I feel there’s a medical test day-after-day that you simply’re there. They’re arranging folks’s journey to the place we’re they’re on web site as little as potential. Get in late, go away early, that sort of factor. Are available contact with as few folks as potential.”