After completing the third UFC event in just eight days on Saturday night, Dana White told reporters that he considered the whirlwind return to action a big success.
“I’m happy to have it behind me,” White admitted. “I wanted this week to be over. It was successful in every way it could be successful. I feel great about it. More importantly, nobody is sick. Nobody is sick. Nobody has gotten sick. Hopefully, that’s the case. There’s no guarantees in life, but hopefully that’s the case and we all go home. It was a great event. It was a great week.
“I think we picked the perfect place to do it, too. This town was perfect for it; the governor, and the mayor and the athletic commission and the arena, they were great to us. … I’m glad we did it here first.
“I’m ready to go home, though.”
As such when it came to putting a number out of 10 on of how well it had went, White aimed high.
“10.5. It was awesome. The key to this week was not a lot of people testing positive for COVID-19 or nobody getting sick. It was a home run, and I couldn’t be happier.”
On the surface it does seem to have gone fairly smoothly, though there have been some issues, most notably Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and his two cornermen both testing positive for covid-19 prior to UFC 249, while some have raised eyebrows at the fact that color commentators like Joe Rogan, Daniel Cormier and Paul Felder have all gone into the Octagon to interview fighters, despite that going against their initial plan to exercise social distancing wherever possible.
It also has to be noted that due to the fact that covid can take several days to show up in a person’s system, it still remains to be seen whether everyone from the fighters to the production staff have managed to emerge from the three events healthy and corona-virus free, but hopefully for everyone’s sake that is the case.
As things stand the UFC is now going to have a weekend off, before getting back to work on May 30th with an event either in Las Vegas or Arizona.