As virtually the entire American sports
industry, and much of the world's, shuts down due to coronavirus
concerns, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will carry on
"Everybody is panicking," UFC president Dana White told ESPN.
"And instead of panicking, we're actually getting out there and
working with doctors and health officials and the government to
figure out how we can keep the sport safe and how we can
continue to put on events."
Saturday's lightweight fight between American Kevin Lee and
Brazilian Charles Oliveira in Brasilia will take place with only
essential personnel in attendance.
Next Saturday's welterweight fight between American Tyron
Woodley and Briton Leon Edwards at London's O2 Arena is also
still on, though it is unclear whether fans will be allowed.
However, fights that were scheduled for Portland, Oregon on
March 28 and Columbus, Ohio on April 11 have been moved to Las
Vegas because of regulations in those two states regarding
gatherings of large crowds.
Those contests will not have any spectators.
"We're moving forward with all our UFC live events but we're
going to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances," White said
in a video posted on UFC's Twitter feed.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by
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