UFC was one of many final within the sports activities world to name off its occasions within the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’ll quickly grow to be the primary to renew.
Dana White instructed Yahoo Sports activities on Monday that he’s “excited” for UFC 249 to happen this weekend, and whereas there’s a lot anxiousness surrounding what would be the first main sporting occasion because the onset of COVID-19 within the U.S., somebody “must be first,” he mentioned.
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“No one desires to be first, man,” White instructed Yahoo Sports activities. “No one desires to be first and take that probability. We’re speaking about fighters who wish to go in and wish to compete. Everyone who’s concerned on this occasion desires to be concerned on this occasion. From my workers on up.”
“Anyone must be first,” he added. The combat is slated to happen Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.
The corporate introduced final month that UFC 249 and two different occasions will happen in Florida with out followers, after beforehand being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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“I can’t wait to ship some nice fights for the followers,” White mentioned in a press release on the time. “My crew is able to go and the fighters are excited to get again in there with these back-to-back occasions.”
UFC has not held an occasion since March 14 — an occasion that White factors to for example of success.
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“The fights have been nice. No one received sick,” he instructed Yahoo Sports activities. “Consider how a lot smarter we at the moment are and the way way more cash we’re going to spend to throw at this factor to ensure all people’s protected.”