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March 11, 2020 is likely a day for the history books.
The last few hours have been chaotic. Just to recap a few of the Coronavirus-related headlines of the evening: flights from Europe to the USA have been banned, the entire NBA season is suspended after a player tested positive, Tom Hanks has the virus, and the economy is taking a serious beating over the whole scare.
The world of MMA is certainly not safe from the fallout. Just yesterday, it became apparent that UFC Columbus was at risk, as Ohio’s governor has considered banning indoor sporting events. Immediately after NBA announced their season suspension, MMA Twitter lit up discussing the potential fallout.
UFC Brasilia may play out to an empty arena this weekend.
One major source of concern is UFC 249, which is currently set to be held in Brooklyn, New York on April 18, 2020. Headlined by a Lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, many fans are positively freaking out at the idea of the “cursed” bout being cancelled a fifth time.
MMAFighting’s Mike Chiapette weighs in:
IMO it's inevitable that UFC 249 will not be contested at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. New York has the second most cases of Coronavirus in the U.S. and there's pressure to implement social distancing given NBA's move. Khabib-Tony seems cursed. UFC Apex center could be possibility— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) March 12, 2020
Per The Athletic’s Ben Fowlkes, UFC may be mirroring its decision based on other professional sports leagues. As mentioned, NBA has already suspended their season, but the NHL has yet to make any such decision at the time of writing.
Source today told me UFC was looking to NBA and NHL as potential bellwethers on how to respond to coronavirus. We've seen the NBA's response. NHL has yet to follow. But I wouldn't be surprised if upcoming events are moved to the UFC Apex in Vegas with no live crowd.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) March 12, 2020
Source: the NHL won’t suspend play...at least not immediately. https://t.co/pu9BRQ95t2— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 12, 2020
Even if it does not take place in New York, there is still hope for Tony vs. Khabib and all the other UFC fights coming up in the near future. Many have suggested UFC hold the bouts privately in their new APEX center, a facility in Las Vegas, Nevada equipped to handle an event if need be. It’s where the “Contender Series” takes place and is a massive 50,000 square-foot facility.
While definitely a safer option than public events, there is still risk involved. Aside from the logistics of travel — who knows if European and Asian athletes will be able to make the journey at all? — weight cutting is absolutely terrible for the immune system. As it turns out, proper nutrition and hydration are helpful in staying healthy, which means fighters cutting weight would essentially be sitting ducks if exposed to the virus.
There is a silver lining, though. Just a three days ago, UFC president Dana White spoke about the virus and his commitment to keeping the show running smoothly. Though the situation has undoubtedly changed since then, full suspension of events doesn’t seem likely at this time.
Dana White discusses whether the Coronavirus could have an impact on future UFC events. pic.twitter.com/6cQILOjteE— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) March 8, 2020
Muay Thai retirements last roughly as long as MMA retirements.
The realities of ripping kicks are rarely pleasant:
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Won on points...apologies not how I wanted to fight at all split my right shin twice in round 2 terribly and had to completely change the game plan and try score and move and left kick and win on points...then towards the end my fuckin left shin split Aswell so I just had to use my movement and coast to a points win. Not how I wanted to fight or win but I did what I had to do I guess. Thank you to everyone for there support to all my sponsors and my team @richardsmith_badcompany_gym @andybadco @redviper007 and to @calder_27 for putting me on the show
Soon, Edson Barboza will be too hungry to tweet about wanting to sign with a different promotion.
I didn’t even realize Tulsi Gabbard was in attendance at UFC 248. Did the broadcast mention it?
The science behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s massive forehead swelling, which you can watch bounce in slow-mo right HERE!
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Understanding Joanna’s forehead swelling •••••••••••••••••••••••• At UFC 248 champion @zhangweilimma and @joannajedrzejczyk had an epic fight. During the fight Zhang landed many punches, many which hit the forehead. The accumulation of facial trauma resulted in a hematoma. . Hematoma are when a collection of blood pools outside the blood vessels. The excessive fluid pushes the blood to nearby tissue. In this case the most prominent vessel would be the supratrochlear artery which supplies blood to the skin and muscle of the forehead. . Between rounds her corner attempted to minimize the accumulation of fluid with an enswell. An enswell is a chilled piece of metal, combination of cryotherapy and compression to attempt to constrict the blood vessels. . Ultimately Joanna lost the fight but it has already been suggested that the fight may have been the best fight in Women’s MMA history.
A great display of technique, strength, and hip position!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Day4 #HokuToFuji (R) vs one of the top flight's newer powerhouses sekiwake #AsaNoYama. As much as I love HTF's tenacity and stomps, he could work on his versatlility. #Harubasho2020 pic.twitter.com/2hCgKg2UKC— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) March 11, 2020
Francisco Trinaldo returns to the cage this weekend opposite John Makdessi, so let’s revisit his crushing liver knee knockout opposite Evan Dunham.
I don’t know what else to say other than to repeat what is already obvious: classic Lethwei rules are absolutely out of this world.
From earlier today in Pa Nga village. Kaung Sit Htan KO's Ye Thway. Ends in a draw. pic.twitter.com/djJktGlhkL— inxxane (@inxxane) March 10, 2020
This is surprisingly soothing.
Midnight Music: Like most of his work, Townes Van Zandt’s Live at the Old Quarter album is excellent.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.