LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Fight sport returned to Las Vegas on Saturday (Could 30) as Brazil’s Gilbert Burns defeated former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the primary occasion of an Final Combating Championship (UFC) blended martial arts card.

As within the UFC’s current reside occasions from Florida, there have been no followers in attendance on the UFC Apex and social distancing measures have been in place to stop the unfold of Covid-19.

Nevertheless it heralded the return of fight sports activities to Vegas, the place the Nevada State Athletic Fee final week gave the inexperienced gentle not solely to UFC but in addition to boxing playing cards in June.

Promoter Bob Arum’s Prime Rank has lined up playing cards to be held on the MGM Grand Convention Centre, beginning with a June 9 occasion that includes Shakur Stevenson, unbeaten in 13 fights, taking over Puerto Rican Felix Caraballo in a non-title bout.

Stevenson, the World Boxing Organisation featherweight champion, had been scheduled to make the primary defence of his belt on March 14 in opposition to Miguel Marriaga in New York, however that occasion was cancelled due to the pandemic.

“The objective was to start out out with actually good, aggressive fights, with names that persons are aware of, who’ve been on ESPN reveals,” Arum instructed broadcaster ESPN on Saturday, including they opted to not begin with title bouts to streamline the logistics.

Arum mentioned the well being protocols put in place by Nevada officers provided “a wise option to push forward”.

“You’ve got obtained to ensure all of the procedures are secure and so forth,” he mentioned. “Hopefully, what we’re doing will function a template for different promoters to placed on reveals.”