UFC has postponed their next three events, per report from Michael Carroll on Monday. The shows were scheduled for March 21st, March 28th and April 11th.
A letter was sent out to UFC staff on Monday from UFC President Dana White.
We did everything we could to relocate our next three events … But every day, there are new restrictions put in place on travel and large public gatherings,” said White in an a message obtained by Nolan King and John Morgan of MMAJunkie.
Saturday’s event was first meant to be held in London, England, with Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards in the main event. UFC President Dana White said on Sunday that they were looking for a place in the USA to move the show to.
A tweet from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani showed that the UFC made a call out to fighters with a P1 American citizenship which are open to fight on Saturday. It was said they were open to booking UFC veterans or any other “fighters ready to fight on a week’s notice.”
The March 28th show was scheduled to take place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. A week later UFC would go to the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
The original plan was to move the shows to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, however the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced on Saturday that they’re suspending all events until March 25th.
Monday afternoon, a press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C. unveiled the countries 15-day plan. Among the recommendations, it was urged that people should not hold gatherings of over 10 people.
It was also mentioned in the letter from White that all UFC offices will be closed until March 31st, asking employees to work from home.
No decision has been made yet on UFC 249, which is set to take place on April 18th, with no venue announced as of yet.