NSAC Leaves Multiple Events in Jeopardy by Its Latest Step Against Coronavirus

Published 03/14/2020, 6:16 PM EDT


The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has finally taken stern action to ensure the safety of athletes. It has decided to ban all combat sports indefinitely in light of the outbreak of Covid-19.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The news was first reported by Mike Coppinger.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

This decision will have major implications for multiple sports and organizations. The UFC will face the biggest brunt out of all the platforms. This is because of Dana White’s decision to keep hosting events while other leagues have already shut down. Dana was pretty adamant in his approach towards the virus right from the beginning. His aggressive approach was clear from the fact that he was willing to meet Donald Trump to keep the show running.

However, after the announcement, White will have his task cut out for him if he wishes to continue with his plan. The major reason is that UFC Apex Centre is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the fallback location for the UFC just in case they had to shift locations. However, with the arrival of the decision, this will no longer be the case.

The UFC had already shifted UFC Columbus and UFC Portland to Las Vegas. The two events were scheduled for 28th March and 11th April. Furthermore, this decision will have a major say in deciding what course of action UFC 249 takes.

The ban by NSAC will also affect Canelo vs Saunders and other boxing events as well

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Boxing promotions such as PBC and Top Rank will also have to make changes to their schedule due to the verdict. Top Rank had an event scheduled for April 11, whereas PBC had an event on March 28 in Las Vegas.

However, unlike the UFC, these organisations had already cancelled events due to Coronavirus. Therefore, they will have an easier path in handling the repercussions of the ban by the NSAC.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The decision also means that a long time awaited fight between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will be affected. After protracted negotiations, the two camps had agreed on a fight for May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. However, now the fight will likely be cancelled or postponed even before it is officially announced.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Rishabh Singh

655 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT