Final Preventing Championship (UFC) President Dana White has been bragging to the blended martial arts (MMA) media concerning the success of his operations plan, which established well being and security protocols for these athletes — in addition to employees and media — on the bottom in Jacksonville, Florida.
The simpleton’s model? Coronavirus is unhealthy, social distancing is sweet.
However in absence of any measurable information to assist or refute White’s claims, all we needed to work with have been just a few arbitrary numbers (1200 assessments per week!) and these gratuitous Twitter movies that includes “Sunshine State” fighters with cotton swabs jammed up their noses.
Then a reporter from The New York Occasions (NYT) leaked a replica of the promotion’s “Jacksonville Occasion Operations Plan” (learn it right here), which outlined a boatload of precautionary measures to assist fight the unfold of COVID-19. Sadly, stated measures weren’t adopted to the letter of the regulation.
NYT referred to the protection as “spotty.”
“Quite a lot of criticism coming into this week, the truth that we wished to go, and this dickhead from The New York Occasions that came upon MMA was well-liked,” White stated (by way of MMA Junkie). “We’ve had two occasions now, all of the testing that we’ve carried out, we’ve had one optimistic. I don’t need to shoot my mouth off – we nonetheless have another to go – however to date, so good. To date it’s been tremendous profitable.”
As of this writing, UFC is working its means by three MMA occasions in Jacksonville. The primary, UFC 249 again on Could 9, misplaced a fighter to coronavirus after the weigh ins. The second, which came about simply final evening on ESPN+, went off with no hitch.
The third pops off this Sat. evening (Could 16) on ESPN.
“Fuck that man,” White continued. “You already know what occurred with that man? That man who’s by no means coated the game was writing a narrative about Endeavor … and what occurred when this man and this paper coated the UFC – after they’ve by no means coated it earlier than? What do you assume occurred? This fucking story was big. They did killer site visitors. Now they’re writing tales, three every week, and so they’re posting stay outcomes.”
Endeavor, dad or mum firm of UFC, has been within the information over the previous few weeks for its monetary disaster, which had a direct impact on the promotion’s timeline for return. The spin from White, nonetheless, places UFC on the forefront of the “get again to our regular lifestyle” motion whereas hoping to pave the best way for different main sports activities.
We’ll definitely have extra solutions after this weekend’s occasion in Jacksonville.