For UFC President Dana White, relating to bringing the octagon again to arenas throughout the globe once more, there are not any half-measures.
Following UFC on ESPN 10 — the third consecutive UFC occasion to happen on the UFC APEX in Las Vegas — on Saturday night time, White was requested for an replace on what he feels must be accomplished earlier than his promotion resumes touring because the world continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Though sure states have begun to loosen restrictions on public gatherings, sports activities leagues are nonetheless struggling to determine the best way to maintain occasions with out the presence of a dwell viewers.
“This entire factor is state-by-state, or country-by-country,” White mentioned on the UFC on ESPN 10 post-fight press convention. “I do know that there’s a few states proper now seeking to open up for the followers, and we’re speaking to them.”
After the cancelation or postponement of a number of occasions from March to early Might, the UFC returned to motion on Might 9 with UFC 249, the primary of three consecutive empty-arena occasions at VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville, Fla. The promotion then moved occasions to the UFC APEX on Might 30 after receiving approval from the Nevada Athletic Fee.
With UFC exhibits usually having hundreds of followers in attendance, it’s troublesome to think about how some venues may look with a restricted crowd and the way secure that state of affairs can be –even when correct social distancing was noticed. White, although, isn’t focused on entertaining the notion, particularly since he has the UFC APEX.
“Yeah, I received’t do this,” White mentioned, when requested if he’d contemplate placing on exhibits with socially-distanced crowds. “I received’t do a 50-percent area. I’ll simply keep right here. It makes extra sense simply to remain right here.”
This previous Saturday, a rugby match in Dunedin, New Zealand, befell with over 20,000 followers in attendance at Forsyth Barr Stadium. New Zealand has lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions, having not reported a brand new case of the virus in over 20 days.
The information was introduced as much as White on the press convention, and the exec was inspired by the event, although he’s dedicated to a wait-and-see method earlier than making any daring declarations about when followers will be capable to attend UFC occasions sooner or later.
“Allow them to do this for some time and see the way it goes and see what occurs,” White mentioned. “Relying on which community you hearken to…who the hell is aware of what’s happening? At the least if a few of these guys who have been hit earlier than we have been, in order that they’re popping out of it earlier than we’re, they’ll see how this factor performs out, after which we’ll go from there.”