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Pros react to UFC’s decision to postpone upcoming events indefinitely due to coronavirus

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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.

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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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As always, keep it locked in to for further updates regarding UFC’s future plans.

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