Welcome back to “3 Up 3 Down” our version of power rankings! UFC 262 proved to be a historical night. Here are the three trending up after Saturday.
11 years and 26 fights. That is how long it took Charles Oliveira to reach the pinnacle of the sport and win the UFC Lightweight Championship. His first fight was on the undercard of the Jon Jones v. Vladimir Matyushenko card on Versus – a network that no longer exists during Jon Jones march towards earning the title! Oliveira’s story is one of perseverance and growth. Several times he put together impressive winning streaks, only to be met with a devastating loss or serious injury. Now, after winning 6 fights, it’s clear that the uber-talented Oliveira has not only the championship skill, but mental toughness which is needed to wear the Gold in the premier mixed martial arts promotion in one of its toughest weight classes. Congrats to Do Bronx!
Many people questioned the UFC’s judgement on holding full capacity events during the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC 261 and UFC 262 respectively . Frankly, the questions were warranted considering Dana White’s politically based stance on the pandemic.
Through a partnership with O2 Industries, the UFC will provide 32,000 fans with the face mask that are emblazoned with both companies logos. Additionally, the companies will donate 5,000 respirators to the American Red Cross for use in emergency situations.
Nice gesture. Whether or not fans will be mandated to wear the masks is unknown. Texas recently lifted their mask mandate and Florida never had a mask mandate.
Just speculation but you’d have to imagine the Jacksonville crowd would have to wear the masks while in the arena when not eating or drinking. WWE recently held to nights of WrestleMania in the state and this was the scenario fans encountered.
UFC also announced fans attending UFC 261 in Jacksonville will have to fill out a COVID-19 health questionnaire in order to gain entry to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The UFC was at the forefront of running shows in the early part of the pandemic. The UFC could be instrumental in the return to full capacity fans if these shows go off relatively safely from a health standpoint.