Because the coronavirus pandemic throws the wearing world into a holding sample, UFC president Dana White stressed out the arena’s premier combating promotion is selecting to push ahead with upcoming events as great as doubtless. This whereas the NCAA has canceled the men’s and females’s basketball championships, the NBA has suspended the season and MLB delight in pushed assist the originate of their celebrated season.
“I talked to the president and the vp,” White told ESPN’s SportsCenter of conferences with Donald Trump and Mike Pence. “They said be cautious, be cautious, nonetheless are dwelling your existence and stop panicking. As an alternate of panicking, we’re working with health officials and the authorities.”
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Up subsequent for the UFC is UFC Fight Night 170 from Ginasio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil. After authorities declarations banning gatherings of more than 100 folks, White confirmed earlier reports the tournament will now happen in an empty arena with completely fighters, cornermen, referees, judges, crew for the ESPN and ESPN+ broadcast and other wanted workers. The originate time turned into once also moved up two hours.
UFC Fight Night 171 from O2 Enviornment in London is subsequent on March 21. England has yet to institute spacious scale restrictions on gatherings. As such, White said the tournament will “proceed as deliberate” with followers in attendance. That effort doubtless will stay fluid as things continue to bear and additional measures are build in location.
Ohio, one of the essential states on the 2nd most closely struggling from the virus, turned into once dwelling to host UFC on ESPN 8 on March 28. That tournament has seen a first-rate commerce with White confirming the tournament will now be held on the UFC’s Apex in Las Vegas as they work with the Nevada Convey Athletic Rate on the facts.
“We will bear particular that two wholesome athletes are competing and we’re appropriate kind to creep,” White told ESPN when pressed on how he intends to preserve athletes protected as they compete in a discontinuance-contact physical sport. “We have talked to all americans about this. Each time we placed on an tournament, we steadily creep overboard. In the over 25 years that the UFC has been spherical, there’s never been a death or severe hassle.”
White did no longer refer to UFC 249, headlined by the long-awaited battle between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson and scheduled for April 18 in Brooklyn. Fresh York as of late build a ban in location for gatherings of 500 folks or more, which is ready to doubtless straight away affect the tournament — and a battle that has already been canceled in four earlier conditions.