Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) — like every other major sports organization in the world — is having to shift gears in response to the coronavirus outbreak. According to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, the upcoming UFC Fight Night 172 event, which is set to go down on April 11, 2020, in Portland, Ore., will be moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.
The ESPN+-streamed event, featuring a heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris, will now take place inside the promotion’s Apex Facility (pictures here), which is equipped with a full-sized Octagon.
While the promotion does stage its “Contender Series” at the facility, it has never actually held a major card there. Furthermore, fight fans will likely be unable to attend due to its limited seating, with only certain media members and UFC officials likely occupying the space.
Earlier today, it was announced that UFC Fight Night 171, which is set to go down this weekend (Sat., March 14, 2020) in Brasilia, Brazil, will go on as planned, though fight fans will be unable to attend. Plus, the highly-anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson could also be moved to “Sin City” after New York imposed a ban on public gatherings comprised of more than 500 people.
As always, keep it tuned to MMAmania.com for the latest news regarding this fluid situation.