‘It’s Your Decision’- Dana White Makes a Bold Call on COVID Protocols for UFC 261

Published 04/21/2021, 3:26 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: UFC President Dana White attends a news conference for the bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and McGregor will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


UFC 261 will have major significance as there will be fans in the arena for a UFC event for the first time since lockdown restrictions regarding coronavirus were imposed.

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The pay-per-view will take place in Jacksonville, Florida this weekend. Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman will headline the card as the duo rematches with the welterweight title on the line.

UFC President Dana White has revealed some important news ahead of the event. White said spectators won’t be forced to wear masks.

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Rather, it will be an individual’s choice to use masks. This might come as a surprise to many considering the restrictions worldwide. But White believes they have their work cut out perfectly.

Jacksonville. This is everything to open it up again. Even Vegas is going to be open, you know, June 1, but 100% in July, we’re slowly mapping out this thing’s gonna be you know, there’s gonna be some things that are set in place. We’re still gonna have a bubble for the athletes and things like that,” said White.

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 24: UFC President Dana White interacts with media during the UFC on FOX press conference on January 24, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

You’re wearing masks or not wearing masks. It’s up to you. It’s your decision,” he added in a revelation that might shock some followers.

Well, what we did is all of our employees of the vaccinated we make sure that all of our employees that are here at a residence got vaccinated,” he further added to ensure that proper health protocols are maintained.

Is Dana White under-appreciated for his role in running the UFC during the pandemic?

The UFC paved the way for other sports to start during the global pandemic. UFC 249 was the first major sporting event since the lockdowns started.

Furthermore, Fight Island in Abu Dhabi was one of the game-changing deeds by the promotion in recent times. Overall, White and his team kept fans entertained when the world was locked in.

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

However, he has received criticisms too from time to time. That hasn’t stopped the UFC President from carrying on his venture and eventually showing the way to overcoming such adversity for other organizations and sports.

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He deserves plaudits for that. UFC 261 will be another benchmark for the promotion as fans will enter the arena for the event.

What did you make of Dana White’s revelations? Let us know.

 

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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