On reflection, Emmanuel Sanchez says he understands why his Bellator 241 battle was canceled.

Nearly months faraway from having a battle on the books, Sanchez (19-Four MMA, 11-Three BMMA) has embraced a constructive, understanding perspective within the midst of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. When the mud settles and normalcy returns, Sanchez thinks MMA fighters will likely be seen as heroes.

“I believe we’re going to be seen as heroes,” Sanchez informed MMA Junkie on Tuesday. “Lots of people are in opposition to it. We’ve acquired to take our needed precautions. That’s the gorgeous factor about being a martial artist and a fighter. This isn’t a staff sport. That is us in a hoop, and that is how we offer for ourselves. We’ve acquired to have the ability to battle to make a dwelling. We’ve acquired to have the ability to prepare to deal with ourselves. In any other case, what else are we going to do?

“We aren’t basketball gamers or soccer gamers, and so forth., who get signed to million greenback offers or assured cash whether or not we play or we don’t. We’ve to battle to make a dwelling, so we’re actually going to be the unsung heroes right here.”

On March 12, Sanchez was hours away from stepping within the cage to battle Daniel Weichel at Mohegan Solar in Uncasville, Conn. The battle was a quarterfinal matchup within the Bellator featherweight grand prix.

“I had a complete post-fight interview (deliberate),” Sanchez mentioned. “You already know what I imply? (I knew) what I used to be going to say. … All battle week, I’m in New York. I’m shaking palms. I’m assembly individuals and different battle groups. I’m doing no matter. In my thoughts, in my world, I’m on the brink of win this grand prix, win this battle, on to the subsequent battle, and so forth.”

Upset, Sanchez booked a flight instantly after listening to information of the cancellation. Throughout his journey from Connecticut to Wisconsin, he slowly realized the cancellation wasn’t as essential as different happenings on the earth.

“There I used to be considering, ‘Man, right here I’m. I’m speculated to be on the brink of battle proper now, and I’m getting on a flight again to Milwaukee,’” Sanchez mentioned. “I come to search out out individuals have been beating one another up for lavatory paper. … It was arduous for me to totally perceive all that was happening. Increasingly more, as I began to be taught, hear and discover out what was occurring, I turned an increasing number of sentimental towards the scenario – and empathetic with the scenario. I’ve been attempting to do my half and be sensible and be sensible and do what wanted to be accomplished.”

Bellator president Scott Coker has hinted the promotion has begun wanting into crowd-less occasions in anticipation of a summer time 2020 return. At any time when or wherever the primary occasion takes place, Sanchez expects he’ll be on it.

“I’m all open for (an occasion) with no followers,” Sanchez mentioned. “It sucks. That is, after all, that is all in regards to the followers and for the followers. I imply, I like to battle it doesn’t matter what. 1,000,000 individuals or no individuals, we’ve acquired to do what we acquired to do. Both manner, these fights will likely be broadcasted for DAZN or all of the stay streams that they’ve for all of the followers. I’m actually wanting ahead to go on the market and battle.”