As the UFC continues to roll out events amid the Covid-19 pandemic, fighters are still being subjected to stringent health checks and social-distancing measures where possible. 

That extends to combatants wearing masks at the traditional stare-downs – and on Friday San Diego fighter Carlyle put his own twist on proceedings with a sinister black beak-type mask reminiscent of those worn by plague doctors for several centuries.

Carlyle, 27, is looking to build on his impressive UFC debut back in February, when he stopped Aalon Cruz after just 80 seconds.

Carlyle went viral for his antics before the fight, making faces into the camera as announcer Bruce Buffer introduced him – then breaking into a cackle. 

‘The Alpha Ginger’ is on a five-fight win streak heading into the bout with Floridian fighter Quarantillo –  and is looking to pick up a 10th career win in what will be his 11th fight. 

The UFC is putting on Saturday night’s card – headlined by the welterweight clash between former champion Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns – from its very own APEX center in Las Vegas, having held three events in quick succession in Jacksonville, Florida, in recent weeks.

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