Brittney Palmer’s weird night as UFC 249’s only octagon girl

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UFC octagon girl Brittney Palmer has shown just how hard it is to know what to do in the coronavirus world, responding with a classy act at UFC 249.

The sole ring girl working the fan-less event due to social distancing guidelines, Palmer didn’t have to make the full trip around the octagon, instead holding up the card for the next round to keep some of the normalcy of the sport despite the fights going down in front of empty seats.

One of the more high profile ring girls in the UFC, Palmer was excited to be back, sharing a picture on Instagram before the event with the caption, “Hello old friend. Feels good to be back.”

On an eerie night with no fans in the stands, social media played its part in the broadcast.

A news reporter at Canadian news outlet 680 News was seemingly made uncomfortable with Palmer blowing kisses to the camera without wearing a mask — calling for Palmer to switch it up.

With advice on best practices during the coronavirus pandemic circulated as easily as the virus itself, it’s hard to know what people find out of bounds as videos of people blowing kisses going viral during the pandemic as the world deals with enforced separation from family and friends.

Although it would be easy to ignore the advice while she was working, Palmer took it on board and switched it up. Post-fight, Palmer shared her gratitude about being back ring side.

“I truly love this sport and love what I do,” she wrote. “Those were some epic fights [Saturday] night and exactly the show we all needed. People are asking how it felt with no audience while being by myself; no audience felt like we were on a movie set and being alone felt like the good ole WEC days. I’m just so happy to be back to work and grateful as heck.”

The 32-year-old Palmer is a fan favorite as she reportedly trended on Twitter after appearing on the broadcast.

With over 1.1 million followers on Instagram, Palmer often posts bikini shots, workout videos and behind the scenes photos from her modeling career.

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