Following The Rules: UFC Fighters Undergo COVID-19 Tests

It was reported earlier this week that UFC fighters will be undergoing tests for the coronavirus before UFC 249. The UFC Medical Team will be conducting the diagnostic swab coronavirus test and the antibody test. Results will be released right before the fighters will go out to compete. If any fighter tests positive, it is believed they will not be competing on the card.

During the UFC 249 media conference call, Tony Ferguson, who will be fighting for the interim UFC Lightweight Title, stated he would be posting a video of his test for the world to see. A man true to his word, Ferguson showed a few seconds of what it is like. The swab test didn’t seem to phase him, except for saying it felt weird.

The UFC sent out a blueprint highlighting the fact that safety is the most important thing heading into UFC 249. The nasal swab that Ferguson showed above determines if a person has the virus.

The second test, which determines if a person has ever had the coronavirus, was also administered to fighters and their team. Carla Esparza, the former UFC Strawweight Champion, underwent both tests and also showed what it was like. She is set to face Michelle Waterson on the UFC 249 prelims.

Several other stars and their teams are expected to take the test over the next few days. Stay tuned for updates from said tests.

UFC 249 takes place this weekend, May 9, inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Here is the full card for the event:

  • Tony Ferguson v. Justin Gaethje – Interim UFC Lightweight Title
  • Henry Cejudo (c) v. Dominick Cruz – UFC Bantamweight Title
  • Francis Ngannou v. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
  • Calvin Kattar v. Jeremy Stephens
  • Greg Hardy v. Yorgan De Castro
  • Donald Cerrone v. Anthony Pettis
  • Aleksei Oleinik v. Fabricio Werdum
  • Carla Esparza v. Michelle Waterson
  • Ronaldo Souza v. Uriah Hall
  • Niko Price v. Vicente Luque
  • Bryce Mitchell v. Charles Rosa
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