It seems that every day, we get more and more news about what the sports world is going to do as a response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Wednesday, a formal announcement was made on the status of this year’s incarnation of The Championships at Wimbledon, scheduled for early in the summer, and tournament organizers revealed that it’s become the latest sporting event to be canceled.
The French Open, originally scheduled for later this spring, has been rescheduled for late September after the completion of the US Open Tennis Championships.
At the current time, the United States Tennis Association does not plan to move to cancel the late summer event in Flushing, NY.
As has been mentioned before in articles on this Website, we could be here until this time next week trying to list off all of the cancellations and adjustments of sporting events in the wake of COVID-19.
Monday evening, the list of adjustments grew by three more as Bellator MMA President Scott Coker announced that the entire May slate of shows will be postponed to a later date in light of this world health crisis.
Shows canceled were the following:
Bellator 242 (originally scheduled for May 9, scheduled headliner was Ryan Bader vs. Vadim Nemkov, Light Heavyweight)
Bellator London (originally scheduled for May 16, scheduled headliner was James Gallagher vs. Cal Ellenor, Bantamweight)
Bellator 243 (originally scheduled for May 30, scheduled headliner was Liz Carmouche vs. Mandy Bohm, Women’s Flyweight)
The Bellator 243 main event was to have been Liz Carmouche’s Bellator MMA promotional debut.
She was cut by the UFC last December following a defeat against Valentina Shevchenko in Uruguay in August of last year.
With Bellator MMA deciding to cancel its May events, this now makes four Bellator cards postponed in succession, dating back to Bellator 241 on Mar. 13.
Initially, Bellator decided on holding that night’s card without an audience present before reversing course and postponing entirely in the hours leading up to the undercard.
Despite the late call to postpone, all fighters that had been booked for Bellator 241 were paid.
Bellator 241 was to have featured both Featherweight World Grand Prix semifinals.
As of now, the Darrion Caldwell vs. AJ McKee fight in the Grand Prix semifinal round has been rebooked for Bellator 244, scheduled for June 6 in Chicago.
While sporting events are largely on hold for right now, remember that the pause in the action is temporary.
When sporting events, such as MMA, return as normal, it will be cause for celebration.
For now, stay safe and be well.
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