BREAKING: UFC Postpone 3 Events – Headquarters To Be Shutdown For 2 Weeks

Published 03/16/2020, 5:09 PM CDT


Dana White has finally bowed down to the wrath of Coronavirus. Despite his hard resistance, he has conceded that some things are out of his hands. Consequently, he has suspended UFC’s next three events which includes UFC London, UFC Portland and UFC Columbus, which was relocated to Las Vegas.

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Dana White sent a long email to his employees informing them the same. The news came out after one of the employees, Michael Carroll, dropped the word from his Twitter account. MMA Junkie later obtained a copy of the same mail.

Dana said that he had done everything in his power to stick with the schedule. He acknowledged that people thanked him for not cancelling UFC Brasilia. After the governor imposed a ban on large crowds, UFC Brasilia took place behind closed doors. White said that people look towards sports during such times to provide them with a sense of relief.

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With the pandemic expanding its reach daily, Dana accepted that some things are out of his control. The biggest impact came when the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned all combat sports in the state indefinitely. The UFC Apex Centre in Las Vegas was Dana’s fall back resort to any location troubles. However, with the NSAC ruling, it went out of the equation.

Dana White says UFC 249 will go on

Dana also tried to motivate his staff. He told them that they are “the best to ever do it” and that they will “get through this” and will be “tougher, stronger and more bada**“. However, he still didn’t let go of his biggest ticket at hand.

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UFC 249 is scheduled for 18th April in Brooklyn, New York and will be headlined by Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov. He said that the event is still scheduled as plan. However, the location may change.

Dana added that they are closing all offices immediately, including the UFC Performance Institute. The organizer urged all workers to work from home. On a closing note, Dana said the organization will always stand for its employees.

Dana’s decision has ultimately brought some calm in what has been a chaotic time in the UFC. With the news of UFC London cancelling, there was an ongoing Instagram war between Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington to fight each other. However, now it seems that there will be no need of the same.

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The restoration of the peace has come at a cost. With the UFC shutting down its doors, all major sports have been suspended in the USA. However, the nation and the world has bigger things to deal with right now. As Dana White correctly said, “This is different. The whole world is being affected right now, and nothing is more important than the health and safety of you and your families.”

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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