UFC boss Dana White was very pleased on Sunday with how his sport endured the first week in corona time. He shares all information with other American sports, so that they may also pick up the thread again.
"On a scale from 1 to 10, I'm giving a 10.5 this week. It was great," White said at a news conference. "Almost no one has tested positive, no one has fallen ill. I couldn't have been happier."
The MMA union returned last weekend with UFC 249 in an empty stadium in Jacksonville, Florida's largest city. Fights were also organized there on Wednesday and Saturday (local time).
Before the start of the first evening, Ronaldo 'Jacaré' Souza tested positive for COVID-19. The Brazilian has not (yet) developed serious complaints.
"The most important thing is that everyone is healthy," White said. "Hopefully it will be the same when everyone is back home. That is always my biggest concern, COVID-19 does not make it any different.
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In absolute numbers, the United States, with more than 90,000 fatalities, is the most affected by the virus of all countries. The UFC was followed with suspicion this week.
"I'm glad the week is over. Finally I can have a beer again," said White. "It was a success in every way."
The first NASCAR race will be held on Sunday. From other major American sports such as basketball, baseball, American football, football and ice hockey it is not yet known when the games will start again.
The UFC boss is in a panel with other sports directors, who are discussing how to deal with the corona crisis. "We shared all of our documents for this week," White said. "The coronavirus involves so many details that you do not think about it at all."
"But every sport has different circumstances. All directors are intelligent people who know their sport like no other. They know exactly what needs to be done to start again."
Precautions were applied this week at the three UFC events in Florida. (Photo: Pro Shots)
State of Arizona allows all sporting events again
The upcoming UFC events will be organized with the same precautions as in Florida. "We keep talking to doctors and virologists," said White. "I believe that nothing is impossible, especially in 2020. You have to work hard, spend a lot of money and come up with solutions. We did that this week."
The next UFC event is scheduled for May 30 in Las Vegas, although the state of Nevada has not yet officially authorized it. If that doesn't happen, the UFC will move to Arizona. This state relaxed its corona measures this weekend, allowing all professional sports to be allowed again.