The coronavirus is wreaking havoc in the MMA world and its effects are starting to be felt by the UFC.
A report from Combate is stating that the UFC will move this months UFC Fight Night Columbus card to Las Vegas and the event will happen at the UFC Apex, which has hosted Dana White’s Contender Series events in the past.
This move comes after Ohio governor Mike DeWine recently “recommended that no spectators be allowed to attend indoor sporting events, whether those sports are on the highschool, college and/or professional level.”
There has been no official statement from the UFC that on the potential change, as the promotion is also dealing with the coronavirus’ effect on this weekends UFC Fight Night Brasilia card. Reports have surfaced stating the card could be held behind closed doors, but no official statement has been released about that event either.
Currently scheduled for the UFC Fight Night Columbus/Las Vegas card on March 28 is:
Francis Ngannou (14-3) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-0)
Raphael Assuncao (27-7) vs. TBA
Jeff Hughes (10-3, 1NC) vs. Carlos Felipe (8-0)
Greg Hardy (5-2, 1NC) vs. Yorgan De Castro (6-0)
Louis Smolka (16-6) vs. Davey Grant (11-4)
Khalil Rountree (8-4, 1NC) vs. Sam Alvey (33-13, 1NC)
Tecia Torres (10-5) vs. Mizuki Inoue (14-5)
Martin Day (8-3) vs. Randy Costa (5-1)
Roman Kopylov (8-1) vs. Eric Spicely (12-5)
Matt Brown (22-16) vs. Miguel Baeza (8-0)
Raoni Barcelos (15-1) vs. Cody Stamann (18-2-1)