Whereas the remainder of the sports activities world stays shut down throughout the ongoing world coronavirus pandemic, the UFC is ready to change into the primary main American sports activities group to return. Beginning Might 9 with UFC 249, the promotion will maintain three occasions in eight days behind closed doorways.

How is the promotion pulling this off? What’s it like being a part of this unprecedented second in historical past? What’s occurring behind the scenes? MMA Junkie lead workers reporter John Morgan is on website to offer a first-hand account of the expertise in Jacksonville, Fla.

Verify again for each day updates.


Day 1

After arriving on scene and dealing by way of the required procedures, I settled into my resort room and had an opportunity to mirror on the preliminary expertise. Take a look at the video under to listen to my general observations from the primary day in Jacksonville.

Replace: After the COVID-19 swab take a look at, I used to be attempting to clarify to my spouse and son how the take a look at felt. I described it as “being tickled in a spot I’ve by no means been touched earlier than,” then immediately realized how obscene that sounded. I’m going again to the drafting board on that one.

Because the UFC had knowledgeable credentialed media forward of time, checking into the host resort was full with COVID-19 screening, together with the now notorious nasal swab take a look at. It was fairly the expertise that I need to admit I didn’t like one bit.

The airport in Jacksonville upon arrival? Empty.

It simply so occurs that Francis Ngannou and his coaches, Eric Nicksick and Dewey Cooper of Xtreme Couture, have been on the identical 5 a.m. flight as me out of Las Vegas.