The UFC has been defiant against the public concern of having fights during the coronavirus pandemic. UFC president Dana White has lashed out at journalists who reported the fact that having events is a health concern and that the UFC is being irresponsible. With the announcement of a new main event for UFC 249, White and the UFC have all intentions of putting on the event by any means. The Association of Ringside Physicians has now made a statement recommending the indefinite suspension of combat sports until the coronavirus is not a concern.
Here is the statement from the Association of Ringside Physicians.
The Association of Ringside Physicians has been actively following the recommendations of the CDC as well as other professional medical societies concerned with the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.
Sporting events across the world have been canceled in response to the increased risk of infection and transmission by participants, fans, officials, and support staff.
It is our recommendation that all combat sporting events be postponed until further notice. This includes any and all events, regardless of the number of people involved. Any combat sport taking place during this global pandemic places the athletes, officials, and anyone else involved in the event under unnecessary risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19. In addition, combat sports athletes often require medical attention after about, and we do not wish to see any additional strain on an already overwhelmed medical system.
We continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation, and our thoughts continue to be with those who have been and will be affected by this disease.
Our organization remains steadfast in our mission: to serve, protect, and educate all involved in combative sports.
The UFC has yet to respond to the statement by the Association of Ringside Physicians. UFC 249 still doesn’t have a location, which brings concern over officiating and health concerns for the fighters. UFC 249 is still scheduled for April 18.