UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Bellator is again however with a brand new plan carried out of methods to proceed with occasions throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The promotion returns Friday at Mohegan Solar with Bellator 242, its first occasion since March 13 when it halted operations hours earlier than Bellator 241. The cardboard is headlined by bantamweight contenders Ricky Bandejas and Sergio Pettis squaring off in a title eliminator.
Earlier than Bandejas, Pettis, or any of the Bellator 242 individuals enter the cage, they’ll have gone by means of the newly carried out Bellator testing protocols and battle week procedures, which incorporates swabs, screenings, quarantines, and social distancing.
This week, MMA Junkie had the chance to tour the “Fightsphere” premises with Bellator officers and stroll by means of the procedures of battle week from arrival to battle evening and departure.
Struggle week testing and screening
Upon arrival, fighters, manufacturing workers and different Bellator employees have been supplied transportation from Hartford to Uncasville. People are allowed to journey collectively until a fighter flew together with his cornermen, during which he’s allowed to carry considered one of them with her or him. In any other case, they need to take separate autos.
Moreover, for this occasion, Bellator has supplied fighters with journey, medical testing and meals vouchers for 3 nook members – as a substitute of the same old one. No managers, households or particular exceptions may be made. Fighters are solely allowed to carry their licensed corners with them. Final-minute nook adjustments will not be permitted.
Upon arrival at Mohegan Solar On line casino lodge, people test in with Bellator and have been ushered to their rooms. From there, occasion workers, fighters, and groups entered quarantine. A consultant from Hartford Healthcare, which is conducting Bellator’s testing and overseeing the promotion’s security procedures, meets them of their rooms and performs a throat swab.
Till check outcomes got here again, fighters and their groups had been required to remain of their designated rooms (two rooms per staff). As soon as their assessments got here again destructive, fighters had been allowed to go away their rooms. (For the document, I used to be examined and had my outcomes roughly 5 hours later).
Necessary day by day temperature checks have been carried out day by day from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. That is required of all occasion personnel.
Throughout their keep, fighters, workers and media will not be permitted to go away the Mohegan property. Whereas the on line casino is open to the general public, fighters, groups, and occasion personnel will not be permitted to enter any of the eating places, apart from selecting up takeout. Those that violate the protocol will lose their potential to partake in Friday’s occasion and shall be requested to go away the Bellator system.
Fighters had been examined a second time Thursday previous to official weigh-ins. In the course of the official weigh-ins, fighters would be the solely ones allowed within the scale space. They may then undergo a medical examination. Crimson and blue corners won’t are available in contact till the ceremonial weigh-ins after examinations. They may arrive at separate ends of the concourse, that are barricaded off from normal areas.
Every fighter could have his personal particular person locker room. The locker rooms are separated, with preliminary card fighters on the concourse. Foremost card fighters have extra conventional, backstage locker rooms with one fighter per room.
Fighters are required to solely have one nook within the room at a time, although the others are allowed to push again the curtain within the doorway to look at and provides directions in a still-private setting.
The locker rooms shall be disinfected and cleaned completely. In between occasions; the locker rooms will obtain a deeper cleansing.
Mohegan Solar Enviornment serves because the Bellator workplaces, screening space and web site of the fights. The concourse holds lots of the “workplaces” with totally different Bellator employees and officers all arrange at totally different socially distanced tables.
A temperature test is required for anybody coming into or exiting the premises. Guard rails are arrange, with one-way site visitors strolling patterns to make sure the directionals are adopted. Social distancing stickers are scattered all around the ground.
On battle evening, fighters will observe the on-floor arrows to their particular person locker rooms. As soon as their battle is full, fighters will exit the cage reverse the locker rooms. They may then exit the alternative finish of the sector after post-fight medicals. Once they arrive of their lodge rooms, their baggage and equipment from the locker rooms shall be ready.
Fighters are staying at a lodge within the Mohegan Solar On line casino – a pair minutes strolling distance from the sector. Bellator has rented out particular flooring of the lodge, during which solely folks working the occasion are allowed. Safety has been positioned on each ground to make sure solely those that are alleged to be there are.
All Bellator, Mohegan Solar and fee officers – from Scott Coker and Mike Mazzulli down – have been educated concerning the guidelines and rules. This was accomplished in hopes that everybody will help implement social distancing guidelines, PPE utilization, and extra. Some Bellator employees are additionally required to hold backpacks with sanitizing kits and PPE tools, in case they’re wanted.
Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize
Hand sanitizer stations, PPE and social distancing instruction indicators, disinfecting backpacks, and different protocol-encouraging measures have been taken. At any commonplace within the enviornment, a sanitizing station is seen.
(Word: Sanitization was noticeable all through Mohegan Solar and the Mohegan Solar Enviornment. It virtually appeared like there have been extra hand sanitizer stations than folks. Cleansing crews had been populous all through.)
Bellator 242 takes place Friday at Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, Conn. The primary card simulcasts on Paramount Community and DAZN after prelims on MMA Junkie.