The ongoing coronavirus pandemic may be raging through the state of California at the moment, but that won’t stop both boxing and MMA from returning there.
A decision has been made by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) to allow MMA and boxing promotions to resume running events in the state. The Associated Press first reported the news, while also revealing that no fans are going to be allowed to attend the events and all events should be held in a “quarantine bubble.”
“This is a tremendous safety and mitigation strategy,” CSAC head John Carvelli said in an official statement on Wednesday (via Boxingscene.com). “CSAC has developed tactics through this regulation that focus on prevention, testing, and, in the event of a positive COVID-19 test, isolation. CSAC is doing everything it can to ensure the likelihood of transmission is low.”
Golden Boy Promotions have already held an event in the state since the CSAC cleared the way, which took place last night and was headlined by Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Samuel Vargas. There is no word yet on when the next MMA event will happen in the state, as no MMA events have been held in California since March.