The first sporting event without a crowd went down Saturday night in Florida, and by all measures, it was a big success, according to many, including UFC announcer Bruce Buffer.
It was weird at first … looking at an empty VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, but when the fighting started, it was easy to forget the seats were empty. You actually hear the punches, kicks and reactions crisply and clearly.
Donald Trump opened the show, congratulating his friend, UFC Prez Dana White, for pulling off the event.
All the fighters were tested, and the ones who tested negative for the virus fought like they would in front of a crowd, but there was a twist.
In the absence of a crowd, the voices of the announcers billowed through the arena, and the fighters could hear everything. Former WWE star Greg Hardy won his fight and said afterward he was taking his cues from the announcers, who were offering critiques in real time!!!
The big fight of the night … Justin Gaethje TKO’d Tony Ferguson in the 5th and final round to win a interim title belt. Justin now has his sights set on Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current lightweight champ.