Dana White is a MAGA guy. He’s friends with President Trump and supports his policies.
As such, the UFC boss is on the “we don’t need to cancel things” side of the COVID-19 argument, meaning that scheduled events will continue as planned. Some however, will be moved to the organization’s APEX facility in Las Vegas, where fans will not be in attendance.
That’s also the policy for tomorrow night, no fans for a Fight Night taking place in Brazil’s capital of Brasilia, where Kevin Lee will fight Charles Oliveira in the main event. Lee, you may remember, also headlined the Fight Night that came to Atlantic City back in 2018. He clobbered Edson Barboza down at Boardwalk Hall.
Beyond tomorrow night, here’s what else UFC has on the schedule:
- March 21st: Fight Night in London – Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards (proceeding as planned for now)
- March 28th: Fight Night in Columbus, Ohio – Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (moved to APEX)
- April 11: Fight Night in Portland, Oregon – Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris (moved to APEX)
- April 18th: UFC 249 in Brooklyn, New York – Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson (no official word yet)
- April 25th: Fight Night in Lincoln, Nebraska – Glover Teixiera vs. Anthony Smith (no official word yet)
Khabib vs. Ferguson has been cancelled and rescheduled a bunch of times already, which is ironic. I need to see that fight before I die.
The Fight Nights are typically available on ESPN or ESPN+. If you’re looking for something to watch, tomorrow’s slate kicks off at 3 p.m. on ESPN with prelims and then the main card is at six.
Here’s White’s message to fans RE: Brasilia and the Coronavirus:
— UFC (@ufc) March 13, 2020