UFC president Dana White has officially announced the postponement of the promotion’s next three events.
In light of the continued impact of the coronavirus, the UFC is the latest sports organization to adjust its schedule.
On Monday, White appeared on ESPN SportsCenter to discuss the news.
Per White, the UFC was prepared to host an event on Saturday in Oklahoma City. However, the recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. government guidelines suggest gatherings of more than ten people should be avoided.
White remains optimistic that the UFC 249 pay-per-view event on April 18 will still happen. The event, headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, is co-headlined by former strawweight champions Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas. The card also features a bantamweight bout between Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras.
“We’re going to follow these guidelines to not have more than ten people in a room. We’re hoping this all clears up by April. This fight’s gonna happen. No crowd…probably not even in the United States but this fight is going to happen.”
The following events and WMMA fights will be affected:
MAR. 21 – UFC LONDON
MAR. 28 – UFC COLUMBUS
Tecia Torres vs. Mizuki Inoue
APR. 11 – UFC PORTLAND
Michelle Waterson vs. Carla Esparza
Julia Avila vs. Karol Rosa
Check out White’s latest SportsCenter appearance below.