While many sports have been completely shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC has found a way to keep things going. They did have to shelf a few events in March and April, but for the most, they’ve found a way to still put on cards even though the rest of the world has been on lockdown. Let’s take a look back and see how Dana White and company were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they handled it in this UFC Updates.
UFC Updates July 19th, 2020
UFC Tried To Keep It Going But Disney Stepped In
The Ultimate Fighting Championship was one of the sports that tried to keep things going without a hiccup. After all, it became clear that fans wouldn’t be allowed, but why couldn’t they keep fights going if everyone was tested and negative?
Dana White didn’t leave a single stone unturned as shutdowns began across the United States, looking for a stadium or an arena that would have allowed him to keep the promotion on schedule. He eventually did find a partner on tribal land. However, on April 10th – as the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were starting to escalate – White was forced to postpone the event. He was on the cusp of putting it on but a high-ranking ESPN executive had asked him to shut it down.
UFC Postpones Five Events
Given the fact that the UFC simply couldn’t get the green light from ESPN and was really painted into a corner due to the stay-at-home order, they were forced to postpone all of their events in April and some in March. March 14th was their last card, which took place in Brasilia, Brazil. From there, we didn’t see any action until May 9th when they made their return to Florida.
UFC Continues Promotions Safely In Florida and Las Vegas
The UFC wasn’t held down for long as White was emphatic about keeping the sport on the radar. The state of Florida has been one that has kept itself open for business throughout most of the pandemic and the UFC then found a partner. They held three may events at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena before switching to the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada for the next five.
UFC Builds Fight Island In Abu Dhabi
As the UFC was getting back to business in the United States, they were already working on an international plan in Abu Dhabi. That’s because the main issue with holding the cards in the United States was that many travel restrictions kept fights off the board. For example, Khabib Nurmagomedov was stuck in Russia and couldn’t get to the U.S.
With Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, the UFC now has a venue that is easier to access for Europeans, Asians and others to enter.The UFC has now had three cards on Fight Island at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi. Their next event is scheduled for July 26th when Robert Whittaker will take on Darren Till (bet on Till vs. Whittaker UFC Fight Night odds). This will be the last card on Fight Island for the foreseeable future as the UFC is expected to return to Las Vegas, Nevada for the following five cards. The next UFC PPV will feature Stipe MIocic taking on Daniel Cormier. You can bet on UFC 252 odds for the main event now.