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Fighters react after UFC cancels 3 events due to Coronavirus

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The looming threat of Coronavirus has spelt disaster for Mixed Martial Arts, as the UFC has actually been forced to cancel their next 3 occasions.

The outbreak of COVID-19 infection has actually caused a worldwide pandemic. Fears over contagion and increased deaths have actually required lots of sporting events to be halted or delayed. Mixed Martial Arts is no exception. ONE Championship and ARES Fighting Championship have both chosen to postpone approaching occasions. Leon Edwards was required to withdraw from his battle versus Tyron Woodley after the UFC was forced to transfer the place. Now the company has had to “indefinitely delay” 3 upcoming occasions: shows initially set up for London, Columbus and Portland.

Michael Carroll was first to reveal the news on Twitter. He pointed out an email from UFC President Dana White directed to all business staff members.

” This weekend’s UFC occasion, as well as 3/28 and 4/11, have been forever held off per an e-mail from Dana White to all UFC workers.

” Dana has actually praised the efforts of all workers for working so difficult to constantly make it occur everywhere and each time. With the existing state of affairs, it’s simply difficult.

” The UFC likewise uses assistance to any staff member and/or member of the family who may need medical assistance in the coming weeks/months. Positive email tbh.”

Now Mixed Martial Arts fighters have their state on the unwinding pandemic. See their reactions and other members of the MMA neighborhood including Megan Olivi below:

I do not think there’s a doc out there who would say COVID-19 is more harmful than fighting for a living. I put myself in more danger every day. For any person … https://t.co/EAGPtxGEtJ pic.twitter.com/UGPwMjL0NY

— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 16, 2020

Any one got any extra toilet paper … for my tears

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 16, 2020

Nah simply gon na stay favorable and stay ready https://t.co/yxbGFV1DuH

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 16, 2020

As soon as normalcy is back ufc needs to have a week where there’s a new occasion Monday-Sunday it can be called BATTLE WEEK

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 16, 2020

I think that by continuing the events with “no fans” he is enabling the fighters to continue putting money on the table for their families. https://t.co/kG729 jNkDA

— #OnAmission 4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) March 16, 2020

No … that’s how you get pink eye. I have actually got enough to worry about right now! https://t.co/uqOCe63 UyG

— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) March 16, 2020

Truthfully, at this point guys who require to make ends satisfy need to start livestreaming sparring sessions on youtube. #MMA #UFC

— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) March 16, 2020

#UFCColumbus #Postponed pic.twitter.com/SFvYgSUTzV

— Tecia Torres (@TeciaTorres) March 16, 2020

be safe, make sure everybody https://t.co/Zu6qFRLSTF

— Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) March 16, 2020

My Corona Virus take https://t.co/5NEbWVy5Jm

— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 15, 2020

While frustrating for the fighters who were prepped to be on these cards, it is for sure the correct call. https://t.co/lLKRfs7EBb

— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) March 16, 2020

We enjoy you guys and can’t wait to be delivering new material & live action to you– as soon as we can do it securely we’ll be back on your Televisions ❤ For now, let’s all do our best to be healthy, take care of each other and take advantage of our social distancing.

— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) March 16, 2020

There has actually been a variety of responses following the announcement from UFC officials. Nevertheless, most members of the MMA neighborhood all concur that it is better to be safe than sorry. Lots of individuals are currently self-isolating to lower the possibility of ending up being contaminated. As a result, fans can expect an uneventful month for the world of MMA.

The pandemic is anticipated to continue for numerous months, so the result on the industry remains indefinite. Nevertheless, make sure you stay tuned on BJPenn.com for all the most recent UFC news and coronavirus updates.

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