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UFC provides fighters with fight week protocol for UFC 249, Jacksonville events

UFC Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

While all of the health and safety questions haven’t been fully answered, the UFC has provided some context for its return to action a little over one week’s time.

Beginning with UFC 249, the promotion will hold three events over the span of one week: May 9, 13 and 16 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic postponing sporting events around the globe, the UFC is getting back to work. In an e-mail obtained by MMA Fighting on Thursday, the UFC alerted fighters and their respective teams about the specialized protocols being put in place during fight week for the trio of events.

“With all that is going on in the world, things will be different from our typical fight week,” the letter states.

News of the newly established guidelines was initially reported by MMA Junkie.

Upon arrival to the host hotel, the athletes, along with their camps, will go through a “mandatory medical screening process and tests.” The e-mail does not specify the exact tests being given. The e-mail also states that fighters will be required to return for additional medical screenings each day they are on hotel property.

In addition, only the fighters, licensed cornermen and designated UFC staff will be allowed at the hotel. Family, friends, additional training partners and managers are prohibited from entering.

Each fighter competing at the events will be assigned their own individual workout rooms. Only the individual competitor and licensed corners will be allowed access to their training room throughout the course of the week. Each assigned room will have workout mats, mat sanitizer and a personal sauna for assistance with weight-cutting.

The UFC PI nutrition team will be supporting the fighters competing in Jacksonville nutrition and supplement programing, weight cut consultation, post-weigh-in rehydration and pre-fight fueling. The promotion’s meal prep service Trifecta will provide culinary support for each athlete as needed with food being delivered to hotel rooms.

Additionally, the UFC is also supporting athlete needs outside of the UFC PI nutritional program, but patience and flexibility are requested.

When it comes to the UFC PI’s medical services, only performance-related matters will be treated. Other options such as “generic massages and flushes” will not be offered, while normal recovery services will be. The medical team will provide treatment for UFC athletes scheduled to compete only. Other rostered fighters who are on-site as cornermen will not be able to receive treatment.

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