April 16, 2024

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The UFC marked the return of the sport after a message from Trump

UFC 249 took place with no fans Saturday due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The global soccer league has all stopped due to viruses – despite the German Bundesliga set to return next weekend – along with MLB, NBA and NHL, but Jacksonville, Florida, hosts an MMA spectacle without fans.

“I want to congratulate Dana White and UFC,” Trump said in a recorded message broadcast by sports broadcaster ESPN, referring to the president of UFC who is also one of his economic advisers.

“They will have a big game. We love it. We think it’s important. Get the sports league back. Let’s play. Do social distance and whatever you have to do. We need sports. We want our sports back. Congratulations to Dana White and UFC . “

Based on one report, the cage floor and octagon pads where the fight took place were regularly cleaned during the Saturday night process. Many of those inside the stadium wore masks and gloves.

However, that does not include referees, broadcasters and several other officials, the same report states. Everyone must be tested before entering the arena.

One middle class, Jacare Souza, her fight against Uriah Hall was canceled on Friday after being tested positive for the virus.

White defended his decision to hold an event – originally scheduled for New York in mid-April – told CNN last week that’s not a “crazy” idea.

“Listen, we have a family too,” he said. “I have a family. I don’t want to hurt my family. I don’t want to die.

“This isn’t just some crazy … this is a well thought out plan. We have people who are very, very smart, doctors and people who have been involved with UFC for a very long time doing this. begins.

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“We believe that we have this thing in a place that can be as safe as possible.”

More fights this week

Two more bout nights on the cards for Jacksonville on Wednesday and Saturday, but White does not discount holding the fight on an island in the future.

As for Saturday’s action, Justin Gaethje stopped Tony Ferguson’s favorite in the fifth and final round to get a temporary light title, and Henry Cejudo managed to defend the bantamweight crown by defeating Dominick Cruz in the second round – before announcing his resignation.

“I am happy with my career,” said Cejudo, a gold medalist at the 2008 Olympics. “I have done enough in sports. I want to go and have fun. I am 33 years old.”

Blood-stained Tony Ferguson (left) upset by Justin Gaethje at UFC 249.

Ferguson was scheduled to meet Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was invincible from Russia, but was canceled for the fifth time. On this occasion, it was due to travel restrictions placed on Nurmagomedov because of a pandemic.

In stepping Gaethje, and Ferguson said he did not adapt to a different style.

“I have spent a lot of time preparing Khabib who is not a striker,” he said.

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