Coronavirus, UFC & WWE News: Latest on COVID-19 Fallout

Will UFC 249 be canceled? We'll keep you updated.

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Life seems to be changing for all of us with every hour that passes, but I’m going to use the space below to keep you updated on how the combat sports world is affected by the COVID-19 virus.


  • UFC officials are working on moving the March 28 event from Columbus to the Apex facility in Las Vegas.

  • Florida officials delayed a decision on cancelling WrestleMania until next week; if WWE hasn’t come to a decision on their own, the county will reconvene and decide for them.

  • Major League Baseball cancelled the remaining spring training schedule. The start of the season will be delayed by at least two weeks.

  • New York governor Andrew Cuomo has banned all gatherings of more than 500 people. The ban is effective Friday. This would affect UFC 249 next month.

  • The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix was cancelled, and Major League Soccer suspended their season. A similar announcement is expected from Major League Baseball. And yet, nothing from UFC, Bellator, WWE or AEW.

  • The Euro 2020 football tournament has been delayed to 2021.

  • Saturday’s UFC event in Brasilia will take place behind closed doors after city governor Ibaneis Rocha declared a ban on all large gatherings in the city.

  • ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced that all upcoming events on the promotion’s calendar will take place in empty arenas. The promotion recently ran its ONE 109 event at an empty Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Yesterday’s Updates