Russian MMA promotion M-1 Global defied the global COVID-19 pandemic by hosting a live MMA event in Minsk, Belarus on Wednesday.
According to the promotion’s official Instagram channel, the behind-closed-doors event, named “Heroes of the Black Square” was to be run “under the most stringent conditions as determined by trained medical doctors,” with “all fighters and participants tested and monitored for COVID-19 by trained medical professionals.”
The event’s name may have been a reference to the black face masks worn by everyone in the arena, with the notable exception of the two competing fighters inside the ring.
The ring announcer undertook his duties from behind a mask and the official timekeeper minded the bell while wearing a similar mask. The medics and cornermen at ringside were also bedecked in the same facial coverings. Even the ring girls were wearing them.
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