It has been reported that UFC Brasilia is going to be converted into a closed-door event, meaning that no fans will be allowed to be in attendance for it.
The announcement was made by the Brazilian news publication Combate, who reported that UFC Brasilia card will now happen as a closed-door event due to the risk posed by COVID-19 coronavirus.
This report has not been officially confirmed by the UFC yet, but it comes from the venue, where the event is supposed to take place.
The outbreak of COVID-10 began in Wuhan, China towards the end of 2019, has now spread all over the globe. World Health Organisation have now declared the outbreak to be a pandemic. Countries from around the world have been forced to suspend or completely cancel big events in their efforts to contain the outbreak of the virus.
Governor of Brasilia, Ibaneis Rocha announced a temporary ban on all “large gatherings” in his district. He is not the only politician to declare such a ban, as governor Mike DeWine of Ohio announced that he plans to cancel all “large gatherings” in his state, putting UFC Columbus at risk. Other cards like UFC Portland, UFC London and UFC 249, which features UFC lightweight championship between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson,are also all at risk of being cancelled. The UFC are yet to release an official statement on this matter.
UFC Brasilia is scheduled to take place this weekend on the 14th of March in Brasilia, Brasil. It will be headlined by a lightweight fight featuring Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira and Kevin “Motown Phenom” Lee.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 12th March, 2020.