LAS VEGAS – There’s rising proof the frenzy to reopen within the U.S. through the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to backfire.
Coronavirus instances are rising at an alarming diploma in a lot of the nation, with states similar to Arizona, Florida, and Oklahoma, which had been among the many earliest to elevate shutdowns enacted to gradual the pandemic, having among the greatest will increase.
This has affected the sports activities world, as nicely, complicating makes an attempt to get main sports activities again up and operating, with viral clusters tied to MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning coming to gentle Friday.
The UFC was the primary main sports activities entity to return to motion, getting again up and operating with UFC 249 on Might 9 after an absence of practically two months, and to date avoiding main setbacks for the reason that slate of normal occasions resumed.
UFC president Dana White isn’t going to let the corporate get caught flat-footed. In a press convention following Friday’s UFC on ESPN 11 weigh-ins at UFC Apex, White informed reporters he’s already mapping out a plan in case the nation goes again underneath widespread stay-at-home orders.
“I informed you guys going into this factor I’m at all times fascinated by what’s subsequent,” White informed reporters, together with MMA Junkie. “And one of many irritating elements about this entire factor is, I maintain telling this story, I used to be telling it once more this morning: 4 months in the past, I might have informed you every thing about this enterprise, the place’s it’s going, the place it’s going to occur. I don’t know now. So all I do is sit round and strategize and attempt to plan. And I’m planning for a second shutdown, that it’ll occur once more.”
It’s far too quickly for White to offer particulars on what the UFC underneath a second shutdown would possibly appear like, however as an govt with twenty years’ information of what number of issues can go improper, he says the corporate is making ready for any and all situations.
“I’m at all times fascinated by the worst, what’s the worst factor that may – while you hear (fighters) speaking about after they prepare, they put themselves within the worst positions they’ll probably be in, that’s how I take a look at this enterprise, too. What’s the worst place we will probably be in? And my primary purpose is at all times I don’t wish to lay off any of my workers, and I don’t need fighters sitting inactive and never having the ability to compete.
“Whenever you’re knowledgeable athlete, you’ve got a really small window of alternative, a really restricted period of time. You recognize, we get into all the cash sh-t and stuff that’s occurring proper now. Everyone acts like it is a profession. This isn’t a profession. This isn’t a profession. This is a chance. Something can occur at any given second. Your knee might pull out. Your again. Your this, your that. COVID-19, who the hell is aware of what’s coming down the pipeline?”