The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of issues for MMA and the world as a whole, but Oleinik claims that fighting is more dangerous than the virus.
“Now I know two dozen fighters who are preparing for events in the next month and a half. We risk our health much more during fights and sparring than by getting infected with coronavirus.” said Oleinik to News.RU (via Karim Zidan of Bloody Elbow).
WorldOMeters reports that 2,510,159 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 172,764 people have passed due to the virus.
Oleinik also reveals that the gym he trains at has taken some precautions to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
“We work with trainers and sparring partners. The only limitation is the number of workouts. They became fewer for obvious reasons. We can’t work two to three times a day, so we work out three times in two days. You can safely move at any time of the day [in the US], and there are no restrictions on this. It is recommended that you simply be masked in public places, but there are people who go to the shops without them, and no one tells them anything. We take care of ourselves, wash and disinfect our hands before and after each training session and after each trip to the store, but we are not over-cautious,” says Oleinik.
UFC 249 takes place on Saturday, May 9 from an undisclosed location with Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.