Report about UFC 251 cancel
The UFC authority has officially pulled the plug on four more scheduled upcoming events due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, though another might still be in the works.
The event which are canceled by the UFC authority are Lincoln on April 25, UFC Oklahoma City on May 2, UFC 250 on May 9 and UFC San Diego on May 16 was announced by the UFC authority on Monday. Full refunds to at least the first two events will be given to fans who already bought their tickets.
The cancellations of all UFC event are somewhat surprising given how obstinate UFC president Dana White has been in trying to hold events despite the ongoing pandemic crisis all over the world, he try a lot to move UFC 249 on April 18 to California tribal land in a circumvention of state mandates. The UFC event was eventually postponed after broadcast partner ESPN stepped in it.
White has also claimed about his fighter’s health security that he has secured a private island to hold the events with full health security, but has yet to reveal where that island actually is.
Despite all of those efforts, the UFC has not held an event since UFC Brasilia on March 14, 2020. The last time a UFC fan was allowed into an event was on March 7 at UFC 248 in Las Vegas, US.
UFC could still be trying to hold their events
While another month’s worth of all UFC events has been called off, that doesn’t quite mean the UFC will be holding no events at all in that span.
UFC 249 still remains a tiny possibility, as White, the UFC president, has said that he hopes to hold the event on May 9 in UFC 250’s place. After that, he also said he hopes to hold weekly events going forward with precautions under this COVID 19 crisis. Therefore, this could be the more of a clearing of the previous schedule by the authority to set up new events rather than the UFC conceding the month.
Seven UFC events have been already called off
The following UFC events have now been called off of cancel due to the coronavirus:
• UFC London on March 21
• UFC Columbus on March 28
• UFC Portland on April 11
• UFC Lincoln on April 25
• UFC Oklahoma City on May 2
• UFC 250 on May 9
• UFC San Diego on May 16
All of the future events which is organized by UFC remain up in the air after being indefinitely postponed alongside with the original UFC 249 postponement. That includes two big UFC event and which are UFC 251 in Perth, Australia, on June 6 and UFC 252 in Las Vegas on July 11.
Adding to the seriousness of the brutal situation was UFC welterweight Lyman Good testing positive for the COVID 19 earlier this month, which put a bit of a hole into the idea that all MMA fighters or officials can be completely protected during the event from both contracting the illness and spreading it to others in this situation.
Amanda Nunes has already pulled out of UFC 249 on May 9, 2020
While the UFC authority is still trying their best to hold UFC 249 on May 9, one of its biggest names has already said she won’t be a part of it.
Double champion Amanda Nunes told CBS Sports earlier on Monday that she is out:
“Actually, I’m not fighting May 9,” Nunes said. “I’m going to fight, I don’t know yet. I don’t think this is the right time for me right now to fight. Let this coronavirus pass a little bit so I can at least have a full camp. We can maybe see around June, let’s see what is going to happen. But I’m not fighting.”