Here’s how the UFC and the MMA world is dealing with COVID-19

Derrick Santistevan

UFC (Ultimate Battling Championship) Octagon Women posture for a photo throughout a UFC battle at the O2 Arena in London on March 17,2018
Charged of promoting an ultra-violent phenomenon by enabling strikes on an opponent on the ground, the organization has actually put in location procedures to protect the health of professional athletes, consisting of tracking the influence on the brain of blows to the head./ AFP IMAGE/ Tolga Akmen (Picture credit need to check out TOLGA AKMEN/AFP by means of Getty Images)

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The MMA world was sent into a frenzy rescheduling and canceling events when they were unable to hold any scheduled fights due to the Coronavirus crisis.

Like every major sports leagues and promotion, the MMA world is dealing with a difficult time in taking care of their fighters, staff and booking future fight cards. With the globe learning more each day about the coronavirus pandemic, here is how the major MMA promotions are handling COVID-19.


UFC 249 was originally scheduled for April 18 and was recently to take place somewhere in Florida on May 9.The UFC officially announced the cancellation of four events UFC Lincoln, UFC Oklahoma City, UFC 250, and UFC San Diego, from April 25 through May 16.UFC fighters who were scheduled to fight on the London card will still receive payment despite the event being canceled.


The promotion released a statement stating that Bellator 244 which was scheduled for June 6 in Chicago has been canceled.Bellator postponed their three scheduled May events, due to ongoing safety concerns and limitations on large gatherings. The events affected were Bellator 242 (scheduled for May 9) Bellator London (scheduled for May 16) and Bellator 243 (scheduled for May 29).


The Professional Fighters League officially postponed its 2020 season on April 20, because of COVID-19.PFL CEO Peter Murray said the PFL will refocus on live events in 2021.The PFL has committed to a monthly stipend for its contracted athletes.PFL released 1/3 of its roster.

ONE Championship

Combate Americas

In early March, Combate Americas announced to salvage its spring season. They postponed three events and booked a fourth which was set to take place on April 3, on a closed-set TV studio.March 25 Campbell McLaren cancels plan for live TV events.The promotion planned to hold 35 events in 2020. That number has now been reduced to 15-20.

Cage Warriors

Cage Warriors announced on April 22 that the London and Cardiff events will be postponed.The Cardiff event, originally scheduled for June 13 was moved to Aug. 8. The London card was set for June 20 and was moved to Nov. 27.Cage Warriors Birmingham (April 18) and the Belfast event (May 16) were canceled.Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan, went on Twitter to say that he and a team are working on a private location to hold numerous Cage Warriors battle cards.

Invicta FC

President Shannon Knapp did not need to deal with the tension of canceling battles right away. After the Invicta FC: Phoenix Series 3 event on March 6, the promo has no other event set up till May29 Knapp stated that she cut her wage in half and will take proactive procedures to keep her people in location with no problems.


KSW 53 was set for March and was postponed.KSW 54 has actually likewise been held off.


Rizin held an interview on April 2 to reveal that Rizin 22 and 23 were being postponed.Rizin CEP Nobuyuki Sakakibara stated that he wishes to hold a ‘Midsummer Martial Arts Festival’ at the Saitama Super Arena.Sakakibara verified that the battle in between Kotetsu Boku and Mikuru Asakura would be relocated to a futurecard Next: 20 of the most significant upsets in MMA history

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