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New COVID-19 Protocols To Take Effect At UFC 261, No Masks Required – MMA Root



On Tuesday, the UFC announced a pair of COVID-19 protocols to aid company, audience and fighter safety for UFC 261 pay-per-view.

With the event sold out in just a few minutes, it was clear that handling a packed stadium of 15,000 fans during the COVID-19 era would take a nuanced approach. The event will become the first combat sporting event to host a full capacity crowd since COVID-19 began. The hearing will be held inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. To the surprise of many, the company is introducing a new COVID-19 monitoring system and the event will not require face masks.

UFC 261 – New partnerships and no masks required

The UFC has announced a partnership to help fight the virus and provide a safe atmosphere for everyone involved. Specifically, the promotion will now work with CLEAR and its Health pass technology. In essence, the hobbyist would use the tool and after registration they would be securely linked to a database and provided with a confidential COVID-related health questionnaire. All ticket holders will need to enter their information into the database in advance.

Also, an important note are those ticket holders who are excluded from CLEAR and Health pass you will still be able to fill out a paper form upon arrival at the event.

The UFC has not only partnered with CLEAR, but has also linked with O2 Industries in an effort to provide masks to the public, employees and fighters. Overall, it appears that the UFC is taking security very seriously ahead of its first event with a full crowd.

At UFC 261, Jorge Masvidal will be looking to avenge his loss to champion Kamaru Usman, but the card is packed with stars with two other title fights. With Valentina Shevchenko looking to remain the queen of the flyweight division and Weili Zhang trying to establish her strawweight reign, this event has something for everyone.

Do you think the UFC took the appropriate steps to help provide a safe environment for fighters and fans at UFC 261? What would you change?

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