UFC 249, the first major sport event to resume since coronavirus shuttered the country, was held without fans. It had originally been scheduled for April 18 in New York.
All personnel undergo Covid-19 testing before being allowed to enter the arena.
Jacare Souza tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday. His two cornermen also tested positive. His middleweight bout was cancelled.
Judges and broadcasters work from separate tables.
The cage floor is disinfected between bouts and pads are wiped clean.
Fighter Anthony Pettis described the feeling inside the ring. “It’s hard to assess without the crowd. When I land stuff, I hear the crowd and know it was a good one. This time, there was no crowd. I saw his head pop, but there was nothing behind it, so it’s hard to tell.”