Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 34 got COVID-19. Intended to be a 13-fight card, it ended up with seven fights, the smallest event since The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale in November 2005.

Fight Week shakeups included:
•Julia Avila and Nicco Montano moved to 10/3 after Montano tested positive for COVID-19;
•Montana De La Rosa, Sijara Eubanks, and Brian Kelleher got new opponents;
•Eubanks new opponent Karol Rosa dropped out due to a bad weight cut, so Eubanks now fights Avila on Saturday;
•Thiago Moises tested positive for COVID-19 so bout vs. Jalin Turner was off;
•Marcos Rogerio de Lima tested positive for COVID-19 so bout vs. Alexander Romanov was off.

At the DWCS Season 4: Week 6 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White talked about it.

“Look at the history here,” said White. “Look at what we’ve done and how it’s all worked out. One of the things that we’re not doing that other sports are doing is there’s people that keep testing positive but they have no symptoms and they’re not contagious. They’re letting those guys play, whether it’s the NBA or Major League Baseball. We’re not. That’s the difference.”

“We just had a situation last week where they tested negative, negative, then tested positive. This thing is f***ing wacky and you do the best you can. We’re doing everything the right way and, who knows with this thing? Nobody has been able to get this thing figured out yet. We’ve been solid.”

White, who is tested on a constant basis, declines to wear and mask and socially distance.

“Think about me: I’ve been there, I shake their hands, I do all this other stuff and I haven’t had COVID,” he said. “I will shake people’s hands until the day I die.”

h/t Mike Heck for MMA Fighting