Saturday was going to be a fight day unlike any other in mixed martial arts regardless.
UFC Fight Night Brasilia went on as initially scheduled—but with the absence of paid spectators and credentialed press in the venue—this measure taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 has put the sports world largely at a standstill for the moment.
In case you need a refresher course, here are a list of just some the sporting events and organizations whose events are delayed, postponed, canceled, or otherwise adjusted in response to this pandemic:
NCAA: Men’s and women’s basketball tournaments announced as canceled for 2020 on Thursday by Mark Emmert. Multiple conference tournaments were canceled previously. Remaining athletic events for 2019-20 season canceled.
Major League Baseball: Opening Day delayed until at least Apr. 9. Remaining preseason games were canceled as of 4 p.m. ET Thursday.
National Hockey League: Season suspended as of Thursday.
Major League Soccer: Regular season play suspended just after noon ET Thursday for a minimum of 30 days.
National Basketball Association: Regular season play suspended following Wednesday night’s games, becoming first professional sports league to halt competition.
NASCAR: Races/ on-track activities for weekends of Mar. 14 and 15 and Mar. 21 and 22 postponed.
IndyCar Series: Races/ on-track activities through April postponed.
The Masters: Postponed, tournament was scheduled week of Apr. 9.
That’s not even a full list of adjustments.
Up to now, the sport of mixed martial arts has largely walked away unscathed from the list of adjustments, but even that could change.
In fact, MMA promotions have already postponed scheduled events.
Combate Americas was the first United States MMA promotion to call off scheduled cards, as on Mar. 9, it moved to postpone all events this month.
As of now, the promotion intends to return in April with events held in-studio on a closed set.
This past Thursday, Cage Fury Fighting Championships moved to cancel its CFFC 82 event, scheduled to have taken place this coming Saturday night on UFC Fight Pass.
Last Friday, just hours before the event was set to begin, Bellator MMA moved to postpone Bellator 241 in Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun Arena, this after the promotion had first announced to hold the card in an empty venue.
Bellator will return on May 9 in San Jose for Bellator 242.
Legacy Fighting Alliance became the latest promotion to make an alteration due to the coronavirus on the evening of Mar. 13 when, in an Instagram post, it announced that this coming Friday’s LFA 84 in Phoenix will not be held.
ESPN’s Marc Raimondi reported on Saturday afternoon that the Nevada State Athletic Commission held an emergency meeting during which it ruled to ban all combat sports events in the state through Wednesday, Mar. 25.
The move by NSAC comes days after the California State Athletic Commission elected to cancel upcoming combat sports events due to COVID-19.
Raimondi’s report mentioned, in part:
“The next NSAC meeting is scheduled for March 25, and that is when commissioners will vote on the status of events after that date. NSAC executive director Bob Bennett was assigned the role of providing recommendations to the commission on how to move forward at the next meeting.”
At the moment, the UFC could be affected.
UFC President Dana White revealed on SportsCenter Saturday night that UFC on ESPN+ 29 will no longer be held in London, along with UFC on ESPN 8 and UFC on ESPN+ 30 no longer being held in Las Vegas at the UFC Apex.
UFC 249, featuring the fifth scheduling of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, could also now be at risk.
Again, stay safe and be well, everybody.
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