Dana White responds to rumors that Nevada may cancel all UFC events

The UFC has led the sports world is holding live events during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The last show held was UFC on ESPN+ 28 on March 14 in Brasilia, Brazil, and then the league canceled five events. After just under two months later, three consecutive events were held in Florida, starting with UFC 249 on May 9. Then five shows were held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, and five more at Flash Forum on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Next, eight more shows were held in Vegas and five more on Fight Island. The UFC has since held four shows in Vegas, with four more planned, through December 19.

At the UFC 255 post-fight press conference, noted Vegas-based combat sports journalist Kevin Iole asked UFC president Dana White about rumors that coming restrictions by Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) to slow the spread of COVID-19 might include shutting down boxing and MMA events, even with an empty audience.

“There’s been a rumor going around that Governor Sisolak might end what you’re doing, what Top Rank is doing,” said Iole. “Is there a chance that the Governor won’t let you continue to do this now that the Coronavirus is getting worse. There was a rumor around that potentially he was going to put an order out saying that he wasn’t going to allow Top Rank or you to keep doing these shows.”

A focused White expressed firm doubt that anything of the sort would happen.

“I never heard anything remotely close to that,” replied White. “Look at what we’ve done. That would be madness. I haven’t heard anything even remotely close to that.”

While the obvious solution to Nevada shuttering all sports events would do to move shows to Abu Dhabi, there are rumors that the same steps are being considered there, too. So now, as it has for most of this miserable year, uncertainty reigns.

h/t Ryan Harkness for MMA Mania

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