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Dana White says UFC is working on coronavirus protocols but that's too little too late

Dana White says UFC is working on coronavirus protocols but that's too little too late

White said he never considered postponing UFC 249 after Souza's positive test and won the support of the Florida Athletic Commission, the governor and local authorities.

The build-up to Saturday night's UFC 249 event has been hit by a major setback following the news that UFC middleweight contender Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, plus two cornermen, have tested positive for coronavirus in Jacksonville. Yet, despite the spin, the glaring weaknesses in the UFC's pandemic protocols would only become more prevalent come fight night. "We will do over 1,100 tests".

For his part, White, a known Trump supporter, claimed that the president wanted the event to act as a "blueprint" for the eventual return of live sports. We know he has it. Even with all the hurdles that we had early on, this has been fun. It's been challenging and it's been fun. Right outside the oval office, and you're looking at the white house behind me.

Speaking to the media following UFC 249, White was asked by the media if Hall and Souza would be compensated despite their fight not taking place as scheduled.

"That doesn't prove that's how he got it nor does it tell us who else has it today", he tweeted.

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WEIJA: Why are you saying that to me, specifically? "I'm saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that".

"Sports leagues - and states - are asking us".

"So, this is something we've been working on and yes, he's absolutely watching what we're doing this weekend."
"Not just for professional sports, but to send people back to work and many other things in life".

Trump was effusive with praise for the UFC and his friend, UFC President Dana White. The event featured an extensive health and testing protocol outlined in a 25-page plan, according to Bloomberg, that may set guidelines for other sports looking to return to action.

President Donald Trump hailed the move of Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) president Dana White in restarting its sports entertainment in a White House message Saturday, adding a call to "we want our sports leagues back". "We need sports. We want our sports back". Then, they were tested for COVID-19 once again. The UFC created a 25-page document to address health and safety protocols, which included disinfecting the octagon between battles and requiring proofs and masks for nearly all attendees.

"If a fighter says something that isn't true - if he says we didn't test anyone for this - that would (violate the agreement)".

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