The UFC is instituting stricter coronavirus testing pointers forward of its return to Las Vegas this weekend.
The promotion despatched a memo, which was obtained by ESPN, to the fighters competing on the Las Vegas card scheduled for Saturday. The occasion will probably be held on the UFC Apex enviornment, which is situated at UFC headquarters.
Per sources, these are extra detailed and stricter than the rules in place previous to the three reveals in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month.
MMAJunkie.com first reported the small print of the memo.
All athletes and fighters will now be required to take two COVID-19 antigen oropharyngeal swab assessments previous to competing: as soon as upon checking into the athlete lodge and one other time following Friday’s official weigh-ins.
Check 1: The UFC is requiring each one who is examined upon checking in to self-isolate throughout the lodge till they obtain their outcomes.
“This implies you shouldn’t go away the Athlete Lodge or have bodily contact with anybody apart from the members of your camp till you’ve acquired your check outcome,” the memo reads.
The memo goes on to state that if the check result’s damaging, “it’s possible you’ll proceed along with your struggle week actions. In case your result’s optimistic, it is best to stay in your lodge room and await additional directions from UFC’s medical group.”
Check 2: Following the second swab check after Friday’s weigh-in, these examined will probably be required, per the memo, to self-isolate throughout the athlete lodge and stay inside in a single day till their scheduled departure to the UFC Apex on Saturday afternoon.
“Throughout this time, no athletes or cornermen will probably be permitted to go away the Athlete Lodge with out categorical prior approval from the Nevada State Athletic Fee,” the memo reads. “You additionally mustn’t have bodily contact with anybody apart from the members of your camp.”
If the check result’s damaging, the athlete and their nook might proceed to the occasion. If not, they should await additional directions from the UFC medical group.
The memo additionally states that the UFC’s Efficiency Institute won’t be open to be used throughout this time. It doesn’t point out every day temperature checks or antibodies testing, which occurred in Jacksonville.
As well as, the UFC is asking the fighters and cornermen to signal a HIPAA authorization type to permit the required testing lab to share the assessments outcomes with the promotion.
UFC 249, the promotion’s first occasion because the COVID-19 lockdown, was held on Might 9 in Jacksonville. The athletes who competed on that card ended up taking two swab assessments, however that wasn’t the unique plan. The rationale for the second check, which occurred following the weigh-ins, was as a result of the preliminary check outcomes weren’t scheduled to reach in time for the occasion. The fighters who competed on the following two occasions on Might 13 and 16 took just one swab check earlier than competing.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who was scheduled to compete on the Might 9 occasion, and two of his cornerman had been the one ones who examined optimistic, per the UFC. Souza was faraway from the cardboard — in addition to the lodge — as soon as his optimistic outcome was revealed.