Nevada Commission Unsure About Future Of Combat Sports
The UFC continues to hold onto hope that events will take place in Nevada come May. One of the premier locations could be the APEX Center, close to UFC headquarters. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is unsure, however, if everything will be up to standard by that time.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, multiple sporting events have been postponed. The UFC has had to cancel three events so far, and just recently lost UFC 249 after trying to hold an event in California. When asked by MMA Fighting the status of events in the area, NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett stated the following:
“We will see what the data reveals based on the science of COVID-19 and move forward accordingly. We are closed until further notice, and once again the data from the science will determine future events accordingly.”
The Nevada Athletic Commission previously suspended all combat sports until March 25. When they were meant to reconvene on that day, the meeting was postponed. Bennett went on to say that there will be an update at the beginning of May on what the state will decide. The timing coincides with the UFC holding an event on May 9. Dana White is looking at the APEX Center to hold the event.
If Nevada doesn’t work out, the UFC could head to Florida. WWE currently holds tapings and live viewings of their shows, as they are considered an “essential business” by the Governor.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak stated the state is not close when it comes to holding events. He is willing to wait the coronavirus out, while Dana has been working with President Donald Trump to bring sports back during this time.
“I’m putting the lives of my fellow Nevadans ahead of any dollars,” Sisolak stated via Bloody Elbow. “We will open when the time is right, when the experts tell me, and the data tells me that it’s okay.”
Stay tuned as more should be revealed from the upcoming meeting.