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UFC COVID-19 update: Vaccinated fighters, coaches no longer subject to fight week testing beginning with UFC 270

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has once again updated its COVID-19 protocols, and the new changes will be a sigh of relief for everyone. Well, everyone who is vaccinated that is ...

According to a letter sent by UFC to all fighters, those who are vaccinated will no longer be subject to being tested during fight week, beginning with UFC 270, which is set to go down this Saturday night (Jan. 22, 2022) in Anaheim, California.

“No testing is required if you have proof of vaccination on record with UFC or if you can provide proof upon check-in at the host hotel (digital copy, photo, hard copy, etc),” read the letter, according to MMA Fighting. “If UFC does not have your proof of vaccination on record and if you cannot provide proof of vaccination in-person, you will be considered unvaccinated and must test as per the procedures below.”

The change applies to all fighters, coaches and cornermen who will accompany fighters during the event. Of course, every person traveling to UFC 270 still has to take a test and provide a negative result at least three days before arriving at the event’s location.

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Masks will still be required by vaccinated and unvaccinated fighters alike. Speaking of which, any person who has yet to get the vaccine must be tested twice with negative results during fight week to attend the event on fight night. If arriving later than Thursday before the event, only one test is required.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccinated people can still contract and spread COVID-19, though they spread the virus for a shorter period of time when compared to those who are unvaccinated. Furthermore, the vaccine is designed to prevent serious illness and/or death.

The new policy will almost surely limit the number of last-minute fight cancelations, which has ravaged numerous events over that past 1.5 years.


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