MMA AND CORONA VIRUS
HOW ARE THE FIGHTERS AND GYMS DEALING WITH IT?
We’ll start by mentioning that UFC’s Conor McGregor has recently shown that he’s not just a world-class promoter and a world-class fighter – but he’s above all else a generous person. He bought COVID-19 protective equipment in excess of $1,000,000, which he then donated to the people of his native Ireland.
ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP
MMA events are being postponed and canceled all around the world. If you’re an MMA fan, then you’re aware that one of the most expected events in UFC history – Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson was to take place on 18 April 2020. Well, despite considerable efforts made by UFC’s president Dana White, Khabib had to pull out of the fight due to not being able to fly out of his native Russia during the pandemic. So, the long-awaited event had to be canceled for the fifth time, to the horror of MMA fans around the world. Tony was scheduled to fight against UFC’s Justin Gaethje and the co-main event Francis Ngannou versus Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
Despite Dana White’s efforts to move forward with UFC 249, the event was canceled. All other UFC events have also been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Today, we got a call from the highest level you can go at Disney, and the highest level at ESPN … and the powers that be there asked me to stand down and not do this event,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Thursday, April 9th.
Dana White is determined and devoted that he has purchased his very own private island on which he could hold UFC events. UFC’s Daniel Cormier says he’s willing and able to do live commentary on UFC events, as the UFC agrees to perform mandatory COVID-19 checks to everyone that enters the venue – keeping things as safe as possible for everyone. “It’s all good. We’re going to get through this,” Dana said. “We’ll be the first ones back. Fight Island is coming, all the good stuff. It’s coming, man. We’ll get this thing squared away, get a date from ESPN, and we’ll be back first and we’ll get these fights going that everybody wants to see.” White is adamant that he will somehow manage to organize UFC events even during the COVID-19 pandemic – calling everyone that disagrees with this “a bunch of wimps”.
Bellator is another world-class MMA organization that holds MMA events that are seen by people from all around the world. Bellator MMA had a killer event planned for Bellator 241 – Freire against Carvalho. There is bitter rivalry between the two fighters’ teams and fight fans around the world craved to see this fight. However, this event had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s not just about the major fight promotions like the UFC and Bellator MMA. Other promotions were forced to cancel or postpone events as well – such as ONE Championship, Legacy Fighting Alliance, KSW, ACA MMA, Cage Fury Fighting Championships, and others.
There is an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty among the fighters and the various promotions. Everybody figures that the pandemic will end soon enough – but nobody knows when exactly this will happen. And this uncertainty does a lot of harm to everyone. The MMA organizations like UFC and Bellator MMA don’t know whether to postpone, to cancel, or to hold the events they had planned prior to the state of emergency with the coronavirus. This makes a lot of their efforts lose in strength due to the uncertainty – they can’t advertise the events, they can’t create and sign contracts – they can’t do anything for certain.
The fighters themselves are also harmed by this uncertainty – as they don’t know if they should train for their next bout or not. Moreover, many MMA gyms all around the world have been forced to close down for the time being due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, the fighters can’t even train right even if they want to. It’s not the same thing to train at home and to train with other trained killers in MMA gym. Certain gyms take special precautions and, while they are still open, they only accept people that have been confirmed to not be infected with COVID-19 – also, they impose strict regulations urging the people that come and train to wear protective gloves and face masks so as to prevent the spreading of COVID-19.
The MMA world is at a standstill due to the CORONAVIRUS pandemic. Many organizations around the world were forced to postpone and cancel some of their most expected events – losing millions of dollars in the process. Not even the world’s leading MMA organization, the UFC, is immune to this – despite its chairman’s continuous efforts to hold the UFC events. However, things will be resolved sooner rather than later. The coronavirus pandemic is at its peak in many countries and millions of dollars are being poured into the cause of finding a cure or a vaccine for this malady. Perhaps we will even get herd immunity and end the pandemic in this way.
While the situation is very serious, we hope that we will get to see our favorite UFC, Bellator MMA, and other organizations’ fighters duke it out in the ring soon enough. The curse of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is still kicking, apparently, as this event was postponed for the fifth time. But again, we hope that even Khabib and Tony will have a chance to duke it out before the end of their careers and that the COVID-19 is drawing near its end.