Before we begin with this article, there are two pieces of information to impart, both pertaining to the upcoming UFC 249 card on pay-per-view next weekend:
First, Rose Namajunas has withdrawn from the April 18 show, where she had been booked to fight Jessica Andrade in a Strawweight co-main event.
No reason for Namajunas’ withdrawal from the card was given at the time. Combate was first to break the news on Wednesday.
Namajunas withdrew after the deaths of two family members due to COVID-19, according to manager Brian Butler.
There’s also no word on if Jessica Andrade will be booked against another fighter on 10 days’ notice
Second, the venue of UFC 249 will reportedly be the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, CA, a property owned by the Tachi-Yokut Tribe.
Due to the event being on tribal property, UFC 249 will not adhere to the ban on combat sports by the California State Athletic Commission, which will also not oversee this card.
Onward to today’s topic:
It’s been nearly one month since the coronavirus (COVID-19) became a worldwide pandemic.
In that time, stay-at-home orders have become the norm, as have bans on mass gatherings in many U.S> states.
Also during this time, elected leaders on state and federal levels have held press conferences, joined by physicians on a daily basis.
In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine held daily press conferences at the stroke of 2 p.m. for 27 consecutive afternoons before taking April 5 off, joined by Dr. Amy Acton, a graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown.
Earlier this week, Legacy Fighting Alliance, which, like many combat sports promotions, has seen its schedule of events put on pause due to the worldwide health crisis, posted a nearly five-minute video across its social media channels.
The clip is a supercut of LFA President Ed Soares, its athletes, and broadcasters expressing their heartfelt thanks to essential personnel who are risking their collective livelihood to keep us all safe in the midst of the pandemic.
Kaytlin Neil, who fights in the LFA as a Flyweight, said this in the video:
“I may fight in the cage, but the real champions out there are the ones who are fighting for our lives and risking their lives for us right now, so thank you to all the nurses and doctors and medical staffs out there who are fighting for us and who are there for us through this time.”
Neil hit the bullseye with her comments.
Not all champions win trophies, wear a symbolic belt around their waist, or have a stadium or arena crowd chanting their name.
In these times, the true champions aren’t competing on a field, court, rink or in a ring.
Rather, these champions are guiding people through a fight to save lives.
They deserve all the respect in the world right now.
To those who are working tirelessly during this difficult time, our collective applause goes to you.
No words can adequately express the respect that we all have for you.
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