A few weeks ago, the world of combat sports began to feel the effects of a worldwide pandemic.
It’s been almost one month since Combate Americas became the first US-based combat sports promotion to suspend its operations and competition temporarily due to the coronavirus.
At the time of the suspension, Combate Americas, which canceled all of its March events, assured its fans that it would return to action in April—presenting its events in-studio on a closed set.
Fast-forward to Mar. 14, when, in an emergency meeting, all while UFC Fight Night Brasilia was occurring without fans or credentialed press in the arena, the Nevada State Athletic Commission moved to suspend all combat sports through at least Mar. 25.
Since then, the MMA schedule has been largely affected—with Legacy Fighting Alliance suspending competition through April, Bellator MMA cancelling its entire May slate, and more.
LFA announced that the canceled LFA 84, LFA 85, and LFA 86 cards will be rescheduled for a later time.
LFA 85 was originally scheduled to take place on Friday night on UFC Fight Pass with LFA 86 having been originally scheduled to happen two weeks from Friday night on Fight Pass.
You name it, chances are it’s no longer taking place on its scheduled date.
Thursday, the latest COVID-19-related adjustment to the combat sports calendar came out of California, the Golden State.
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) extended a ban on combat sports through the end of May.
As previously mentioned earlier in the week, two of the now-canceled Bellator MMA events that were scheduled to occur in May were to happen in California.
CSAC’s ban extends to a scheduled May 16 UFC Fight Night (a.k.a., UFC on ESPN+ 33) in San Diego’s Pechanga Arena.
The now-canceled UFC Fight Night was rumored to be headlined by Dustin Poirier (25-6) vs. Dan Hooker (20-8) in a Lightweight showcase.
In the announcement of extending the ban, CSAC said, in part:
“The commission didn’t take this decision lightly and understands the potential economic loss to promoters and the industry of combative sports. We had to weigh the best interest of our fighters and the community around us.”
As is the case with many states around the country, California currently has a stay-at-home order, having first been issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Mar. 19.
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