As many expected, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) finally caved, hitting the pause button on its upcoming events to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus. According to Dana White, the decision came after President Trump suggested that we avoid gatherings of 10 or more people to flatten the infected curve.
As it stands, the only events affected by the decision at the moment are UFC Fight Night 170 (March 21), UFC on ESPN 8 (March 28) and UFC Fight Night 172 (April 11). White, though, says those three events and scheduled bouts will still go on at later dates. But when it comes to UFC 249 — which is scheduled to go down on April 18, 2020, featuring a lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson — that fight is still on for April 18.
After news of UFC’s decision to postpone its upcoming schedule for the foreseeable future spread, fighters and members of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community took to social media to offer up their reactions.
lot of people with the “I told you so” comments happy the ufc shows got canceled but what you don’t realize is that the fighters can’t get paid and other than fighting most guys work as trainers in gyms (also closed) so best believe if I get a call to fight on an island I will— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 16, 2020
Managers and fighters I’ve spoken to don’t expect to be paid for the postponed UFC events, but they’re waiting for official word.— Steven Marrocco (@MMAFightingSM) March 16, 2020
Most NBA, NFL, MLB athletes should be fine for the foreseeable future with this work stoppage, but not the vast majority of MMA fighters. I really feel for them. They don’t get paid if they don’t fight. And they don’t make a ton to begin with.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 16, 2020
Honestly, at this point guys who need to make ends meet should start livestreaming sparring sessions on youtube. I honestly think the hardcores will take whatever they can get. And if nothing else it keeps the spirit of MMA alive kinda . #MMA #UFC— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) March 16, 2020
More babies will come and more will be named “Cub” #CoronaVirusBrightSide— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) March 16, 2020
@arielhelwani have any other promotions PAID their fighters and staff and then sent them HOME to stay safe or is it just @BellatorMMA ? Asking for a couple hundred fighters right now https://t.co/BsZuQW4gkR— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) March 16, 2020
Tyron Woodley on Instagram Live: "I was still ready to fight, Colby, RDA. The Burns fight didn't make a lot of sense for me... But I texted Dana and said "let's do it!"— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) March 16, 2020
LOOKS LIKE MY TRIP IS COMING TO AN EARLY END. UFC IS TRYING TO GET ME BACK HOME BEFORE THE TRAVEL BAN IS IN EFFECT— Randa Markos (@randamma) March 16, 2020
I’m sorry to hear of the recent postponement of the next three UFC events, including my fight on March 28. I look forward to working with the @ufc and @danawhite on a replacement date and location. Until then, everyone stay safe as best they can. Hope to see you soon. pic.twitter.com/LAIurybFBI— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) March 17, 2020
During this time with schools and jobs closing up temporarily, I suggest we all get outside and be active. Post a video of you doing something active outside and tag 3 friends as a challenge for them to do the same.… https://t.co/I5WJUp9qwS— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) March 17, 2020
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I don't think there's a doc out there who would say COVID-19 is more dangerous than fighting for a living. I'm not afraid of it to be honest. It's like the flu but 10x more deadly. So what? I put myself in more danger every day. So for anybody else who feels that way I agree. But I also learned it's not about me. I can carry it. I can have no symptoms like Donovan Mitchell. Then I can give it to my grandma and maybe she doesn't beat it. Then what? All my UFC title belts ain't gonna make me tough enough to deal with that responsibility. Hawaii doesn't have that many hospital beds... If just a few hundred elderly need to be in ICU for treatment then what? What happens then when Sista Moki gets in a car accident and the ICU is already full? I don't know. Nobody does and we don't want to find out. This isn't about most of us who could get it and beat it. It's about the people who won't beat it so we gotta make sure we do our part to protect them. Take the social distancing seriously. Pretend you already have it. Distance yourself to protect others AND yourself. I know when the govt says "prepare but don't panic" that basically screams panic. I get it. But none of us need 48 rolls of toilet paper... So if you know someone who may need supplies, we need to help them and share. But also remember we could already have it and not know, so be VERY careful? And if you see me in the store, smile, point to the ground if you one banga, but we don't need to take photos. Most people who go to the store in normal times probably only interact with one or two strangers. When I go anywhere I have hundreds of interactions, a lot of people come up to me. I'm a magnet for viruses. It's not good for your loved ones health for you to interact with me now. I promise when this is all over my team will do meet and greets so everyone who wants a photo or autograph can get one, so don't worry you will not be missing your chance. This isn't practice. This is a fight. You guys know me. I love to take fights into deep waters. This isn't one we want to take into deep waters. The quicker we can slow the spread the quicker we get back to normal
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#repost from @arielhelwani Fans I'm sorry ! I'm shattered by this! I texted @danawhite and told him I'm in for Burns sat (Sat ONLY). I then was told the card was off. We will make it through this together. Don't take it lightly. When we are back and running its me and Clout Chasing Covington. Don't want to hear another name! #TalkIsOver Thanks all my supporters. @mommawoodd @missionusa #SteveWoodley @phokingqui @metabolicmeals @cbdmd.usa @monsterenergy @dinthomas @coachdukeroufus @ericbrown1954 @edbilbasoo @dfunk59 @syrius2 @iammilliereid @americantopteam @roufusport @mike_swick @akathailand @adamweitsman @championmuhsin @fasthandsproductions @dr_sschu @illwavybrooks86 @jucao21 #DrewFromTheLou #Dillion @attatl and all other partners!
Tell me it’s not real https://t.co/Bw6CEYSbjQ— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) March 16, 2020
Well sounds like we aren’t fighting in April. Hoping everything clears up and we can get at it soon. Everyone stay safe. Glory to God and thank you all who have been supporting me #ufc #glorytogod #stayhealthy pic.twitter.com/lgF7s7JpY8— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) March 16, 2020
As always, keep it locked in to MMAmania.com for further updates regarding UFC’s future plans.