UFC’s returning tonight. Will this be a good idea?
Throughout the COVID-19 saga, sports has been a constant topic of discussion, though not nearly the most important. However, since sports has always been seen as something that can help improve people’s moods, ushering in the return of sports has also brought up a number of concerns, justifiably so. Is it a good idea to have athletes be in close quarters at a time when there’s a virus going around that has no vaccine? What would happen if there was another outbreak in sports circles? Well, we’re going to find out how that’s going tonight with UFC 249.
This event was originally supposed to happen in March, but was pushed back because of the stay-at-home guidelines that have been hotly debated for many weeks. Plus, there was a wrench thrown into the mix yesterday with the news that Jacare Souza, who was supposed to face Uriah Hall during the prelims, tested positive for coronavirus as well as two of his cornermen. Fortunately, Souza exercised proper mitigation techniques, standing 10 feet away from Hall during their post weigh-in face-off and the event is being allowed to go ahead thanks to no one else being infected.
Still, this brings up a myriad of concerns. What if someone had come in contact with Souza? What if someone else is infected and we haven’t found out yet? It’s a tenuous situation, but fortunately, the UFC has implemented strict guidelines that they say will help mitigate the risk as best as possible.
I’m excited about the card tonight, even if it’s going to be held without a single fan in attendance. It’ll also be interesting to see how the UFC comes out of tonight’s event, with two more smaller events in the coming weeks.