UFC 267: Vaccination Mandatory For Fighters, Crowd
Fighters who are featuring on the UFC 267 card, their teams and the in-house crowd have been asked to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
The event will go down at Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island on October 3.
Several UFC fighters and their team members have contracted the virus ever since the pandemic began. UFC organized a handful of events in Dubai amid the pandemic, but this is the first time fans have been asked to prove that they have had the vaccine.
UFC President Dana White doesn’t want to take any risks for the next event where Jan Blachowicz will defend his light heavyweight championship against Glover Teixeira in the main event.
People coming to watch the fight in the arena will have to either provide their vaccination cards or a negative PCR test taken within the last 48 hours. UFC staffers, fighters and crowds have been ordered to practice social distancing and fill up to 30%capacity in the arena.
The organization is likely to put in place a similar requirement for UFC 268 card as well, which has been scheduled at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 6.
The U.S. has reported thousands of deaths due to the coronavirus and authorities are extra careful now that the Delta variant is spreading too.