While all sport has been paralyzed in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, others ignore the WHO recommendations and rush their options to take advantage of their sport. It is the case of the UFC. A competition that has already canceled three events, but it is clear that its stellar combat will not be lost. The fight of the year between Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson still stands and will be held in complete safety, as announced Dana White, president of the competition for the last days.
Dana White wants to be a participant in the fight against the coronavirus, shedding some positivity, but in turn, threatening the health of the people who are involved in the event and the world sport itself that already seemed to combine the all or none with the suspension of the Olympic Games. “It’s crazy, but I’m going to try to get Tony to play Khabib on April 18 and try to get back to normal in this country“White recently confessed to Mike Tyson in a chat between them.
Whatever the reasons for this recklessness of the UFC, if the event is held it will be a bombing of the audience not only for the fight itself but also for the lack of live sport. On the other hand, the UFC has shielded itself from all this coronavirus crisis. There will be no layoffs within the organization. Still, the question is clear: Should the event be held?
White hides back to normalcy to get the biggest event of the year in the UFC with Khabib and Ferguson to take place. “The world would desperately need this. If you could make this happen, it is something we need. We need something to entertain our brains right now“Dana White replied.” I think the media has made this terrifying. People are buying all the toilet paper out there. If you look at a lot of things that are happening you see that it’s crazy and it’s totally driven by fear. It’s very weird. CI laughs that in a year or two, we are going to say, ‘Good grief, we closed the whole world for this!‘” he concluded.
But there is a greater weight that may have caused White’s desperation to celebrate this fight. The availability of his lightweight champion, Khabib. The Russian fighter practices Ramadan, which occurs between April 23 and May 23, the month of fasting of body and mind, which will obviously affect the physical preparation of an athlete. In addition to the duration of Ramadan itself, Khabib would then have to get back into the correct shape for combat, which would cause many more days of delay. A situation that disrupts the plans of the competition.
Once the reasons for the event are known, the problems come. One of the biggest setbacks the UFC has encountered to conduct the fight is the venue of the event. The event, scheduled for April 18, has not been canceled for now, but it is not hosted as it will not be held in New York, as originally planned. The city is the largest focus of coronavirus-infected in the United States. “I have four or five locations right now and we are trying to close it, “White announced.
But there are several more problems that make the event really difficult. The reality is that no matter how much headquarters the fight is, it will be somewhat decaffeinated, as is logical since it would be held behind closed doors. There would be no public and company personnel would be reduced to a minimum. The UFC has to work to see how many people it can count on the premises, what can be done and what the rest of the card would look like. Remember that these types of events feature quite a few more fights before stellar combat. Who will be willing to risk their health for UFC 249?
Joe Rogan, one of the UFC’s regular commentators, has already given his point of view and confirmed that he will not comment on the evening. “The UFC is talking about hosting an event this April 18. I don’t know how they are going to do that. I don’t know if they will be able to do it in the United States. They talk about doing it in a place with less than ten people, in an empty arena. I suppose someone is going to comment on it, but it won’t be me “, said. Opinions are contrary, but it seems clear that the UFC president will not stop until he sees Khabib and Tony Ferguson in the same cage on April 18.