UFC marks sports’ return after message from Trump

UFC marks sports’ return after message from Trump
UFC marks sports' return after message from Trump

UFC marks sports’ return after message from Trump

The global football leagues have all stopped because of the virus – although the German Bundesliga will return next weekend – with MLB, NBA and NHL, but Jacksonville, Florida, hosted the MMA show without fans.

“I want to congratulate Dana White and the UFC,” said Trump in a recorded message broadcast by sports broadcaster ESPN, referring to the president of the UFC, who is also one of his economic advisers.

UFC marks sports' return after message from Trump
UFC marks sports’ return after message from Trump

“They’re going to have a great game. We love it. We think it’s important. Let’s get the sports leagues back. Let’s play. Social distancing and all you have to do. We need sports. We want let our sports come back Congratulations to Dana White and the UFC. ”

According to a report, the floor of the cage and the padding of the octagon where the fights take place were regularly cleaned during the procedures of Saturday evening. Many of those inside the stadium wore masks and gloves.

That did not include the referees, the announcer and some other officials, according to the same report. Everyone had to be tested before entering the arena.

UFC marks sports' return after message from Trump

Middleweight Jacare Souza saw his fight against Uriah Hall canceled on Friday after being tested positive for the virus.

White defended his decision to host the event – which was originally scheduled for New York in mid-April – by telling CNN last week that it was not a “crazy” idea.

“Look, we also have families,” he said. “I have a family. I don’t want to hurt my family. I don’t want to die.

“It’s not just a little crazy … it’s a well thought out plan. We have had very, very intelligent people, doctors and people who have been involved with the UFC for a very long time working on this thing nonstop from the start.

“We think we have this thing in a place where it can be as safe as possible.”

No more fights this week

Wednesday and Saturday, two more nights of fighting are on the agenda for Jacksonville, but White hasn’t cut back on island games in the future.

As for action on Saturday, Justin Gaethje stopped favorite Tony Ferguson in the fifth and final round to clinch the interim lightweight title, and Henry Cejudo managed to defend his bantamweight crown by eliminating Dominick Cruz in the second round – before to announce his retirement.

“I’m happy with my career,” said Cejudo, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist in wrestling. “I’ve done enough in this sport. I want to get away and have fun. I’m 33 years.”

UFC marks sports' return after message from Trump

Ferguson was scheduled to meet unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia, but this was canceled for the fifth time. This was due to travel restrictions imposed on Nurmagomedov due to the pandemic.

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In Gaethje intervened, and Ferguson said that he did not adapt to the different style.

“I had spent a lot of time preparing Khabib who is not as much of a striker,” he said.

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