Former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Colby Covington doesn’t think the the promotion should’ve made any changes due to the coronavirus.
”I don’t think it was the right move,” Covington said to MMA Fighting. “I think we’re healthy, young professional athletes. We already do something that’s dangerous enough as it is, getting locked into an octagon and fighting each other, so what’s more dangerous than a little flu that’s going on right now? I think people just need to be more aware of what’s going on, wash their hands, social distancing, this and that. But as professional athletes, we already risk enough as it is.”
UFC 249 has also been affected by the coronavirus, but that event hasn’t been postponed at this time.
Covington says he has spoken to someone affected by the coronavirus pandemic and that’s led the fighter to believe that everybody is overreacting to the whole thing.
”I had a fan reach out to me from China, and they were like, ‘We just had to stay in our houses for 30 days, pretty much quarantined, and after that, there haven’t been any new cases for over one month, and everything’s under control.’ I think everybody’s kind of panicking and acting irrationally, and we just need to realize that everything’s under control, and America, the greatest country in the world, is going to be OK, and things will go back to normal,” says Covington.
Others may think a little differently than Covington when it comes to the coronavirus, which has affected 215,506 people around the world according to WorldOMeters, while 8,889 have died due to the coronavirus.