Tony Ferguson followed protocol with a full Covid-19 swab test on arrival for UFC 249 before claiming his fight with Justin Gaethje is for the “real lightweight title” and launching a tirade at absent rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Ferguson and Gaethje throw down for the lightweight interim belt on Saturday night at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, an event which will be held behind closed doors.

The UFC is subjecting fighters and their teams to rigorous coronavirus protocols which include swab testing on arrival and regular checks afterwards.

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Social distancing measures will ensure fighters and their teams are kept as isolated as possible, with dedicated treatment and workout rooms.

Ferguson shared first-hand what the protocols involved, posting a video to his social media accounts which showed a swab being inserted up his nose.

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