Two more upcoming MMA events have been postponed due to the threat of the coronavirus, with those events being One Championship 110 and ARES 2.
One CEO Chatri Sityodtong issued the following statement on Facebook:
“After discussing all options with the Vietnam Government, my team and I have decided to postpone ONE: Heart of Heroes on March 20 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event will now take place on June 26, assuming the coronavirus situation eases. Bar none, the safety of our fans, athletes, staff, partners, and public are the highest priority for ONE Championship. On a positive note, I am super excited to make the biggest announcement of 2020 (so far) next Friday March 13. Stay tuned”
Another event that has been affected by the threat of the coronavirus is ARES 2 and promotion officials issued the following statement on the events postponement (via MMA Junkie):
“ARES Fighting Championship is sad to announce that the ARES 2 event scheduled for the 3rd of April in Brussels will be postponed to the 30th of October 2020. The coronavirus epidemic raises serious questions about contagion in closed environments. We don’t know at this stage how the situation will evolve. The health of our audience, international fighters, and staff is our utmost concern, and we are not willing to take any unnecessary risks. With the full support of all our partners involved and that of the ARES fighters themselves, ARES Fighting Championship has therefore decided to postpone the event.”
No other promotions have canceled events at this time due to the coronavirus, but this is the second time that One Championship has altered their plans due to the virus.