Coronavirus: Spann reacts to fighting without fans at UFC 249

Ryan Spann won by split decision in Jacksonville, Florida, where fans were kept away due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Ryan Spann after his bout at UFC 249.   -  Getty Images

Ryan Spann said it was "not weird at all" fighting without fans after his victory at UFC 249 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The UFC made its long-awaited return on Saturday – fans kept away in Jacksonville, Florida due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje headlined the event with their interim title clash – which was initially scheduled for April 18 in Brooklyn – but Spann had the first taste of the behind-closed-doors spectacle at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Spann beat Sam Alvey by split decision before being interviewed by commentator Joe Rogan, despite UFC executive vice-president of operations and production Craig Borsari telling ESPN during the week that no post-fight interviews would take place inside the octagon.

"It's not weird at all," Spann said when asked about fighting in the absence of spectators.

"I've been on 'The Contender [Series]' twice, so I'm good. I don't like people - I do like people. I don't like 'em a little bit. But it's fine. It was nothing; like I said, I've been on 'The Contender' twice, so I'm ready for this."