While professional and collegiate sports around the country and the world are suspending and cancelling sporting events over concerns about the corona virus pandemic; UFC – Ultimate Fight Club – has decided that the fights will continue.
UFC president Dana White noted that he had spoken with the White House saying, “the UFC always go overboard with health and safety, and that’s what we’re going to do here. I talked to the president and the vice president of the United States today about this. They’re taking this very serious. They’re saying ‘Be cautious, be careful, but live your life and stop panicking.’” White added, “everybody is panicking, and instead of panicking, we’re actually getting out there and working with doctors and health officials and the government to figure out how we keep the sport safe and how we can continue to put on events.”
However, some of the events will be relocated to the UFC Apex facility – a 1,500 capacity venue – in Las Vegas.
The March 14 UFC Brasillia event in Brazil is being held without the fans as a result of a local law enacted regarding the corona virus.
The UFC London event on March 21 will go on as planned.
The UFC Columbus event scheduled for March 28 will be relocated to the UFC Apex Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC Portland event scheduled for April 11 will be relocated to the UFC Apex Arena in Las Vegas.
Currently the UFC 249 event scheduled for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be held as planned.
White and Trump have a long history; UFC’s 28, 30, and 31 were all held at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, essentially saving White’s company. White is a big Trump supporter and has been seen at numerous UFC events.
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