Dana White: COVID face masks optional for UFC 261 in Jacksonville — ‘It’s your decision’

Final Preventing Championship (UFC) is ready to welcome followers again to reside occasions beginning with the UFC 261: “Usman vs. Masvidal 2” pay-per-view (PPV) card this Sat. evening (April 24, 2021) inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville, Florida.

This marks the primary UFC occasion not staged inside a particular COVID security bubble, which promotion president Dana White constructed for the “loopy” media. However that doesn’t imply combat followers will probably be compelled to put on a face masks as a result of hey, that is Florida!

“We needed to create a bubble in order that athletes would not find yourself with COVID and all these fights falling out, however the media was being so loopy about the entire COVID factor you needed to make the media really feel secure,” White instructed Yahoo Sports activities. “In Jacksonville, every thing is opening up once more, even Vegas is gonna be open June 1st. There’s some issues which are gonna be set in place, we’re nonetheless gonna have a bubble for the athletes and issues like that however so far as the followers, you put on a masks or don’t put on a masks. It’s as much as you, it’s your resolution.”

I appear to recollect one of many promotion’s brightest younger stars, Khamzat Chimaev, practically retiring from fight sports activities after a bout with coronavirus that was so extreme, “Borz” was coughing up blood, I’m undecided we will blame that on the “loopy” media.

Followers who did purchase tickets for UFC 261 will probably be required to make use of “Well being Move” by CLEAR, in line with a current press launch. Attendees will fill out a quick questionnaire and certain be subjected to a temperature test upon entry, no matter vaccination standing.

To see the UFC 261 combat card and PPV lineup click on right here.

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