The UFC is scheduled to return to action next month with UFC 249, which is supposed to be headlined by former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson facing Justin Gaethje for the vacant UFC Interim Lightweight Championship.
UFC President Dana White said future UFC events could be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada and the “Fight Island,” which is at an undisclosed location.
It is the UFC events that could be held at the UFC Apex that could be in trouble because the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), which has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, is still closed until further notice.
“We will see what the data reveals based on the science of COVID-19 and move forward accordingly,” NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett told MMA Fighting. “We are closed until further notice, and once again the data from the science will determine future events accordingly.”
Residents of Nevada are currently under a stay-at-home order until the end of April and Governor Steve Sisolak says lives are going to be prioritized over money when it comes to the coronavirus.
“I’m putting the lives of my fellow Nevadans ahead of any dollars,” he said in a press conference (via Anton Tabuena of Bloody Elbow). “We will open when the time is right, when the experts tell me, and the data tells me that it’s okay. I cannot end the shutdown until we feel like we’re in a good position as it relates to the spread of the virus, the hospitalization. Some people are more concerned with the business side of this, than the human toll that this virus is taking. The human toll is the most important to me.”
There is no word from the UFC yet as to what the plan would be if the UFC Apex remains closed due to both the NAC closure and Nevada stay-at-home orders.