Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made the decision to officially postpone all events for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 after putting a fork in UFC 249, which was to fall on April 18, 2020 inside the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, Calif.
Of course, Dana White and Co. got a little boost from senior Disney officials to finally get in line with all the other sports organizations on the planet; WWE excluded.
While the promotion is waiting for the current pandemic to sweep the world to die out – or at least until “Fight Island” is up and running – Henry Cejudo needs to know the exact details. As “Triple C” tells ESPN, he and other fighters are spending a lot of money and making sacrifices trying to stay ready for a fight without knowing when they will be hit by news of another postponed event .
“I think we need to have a chat with Dana and everyone over there, because you don’t want to train and they give you a certain date, and then you don’t hit the peak at the right time,” said Cejudo. “My training is very methodical. Everything I do must be accurate to be 100% sure. You can’t surprise me before, two weeks.
“I need to know today. I have no time to waste if this is going to happen. The UFC has postponed a lot and people are spending their hard earned money in camps, training partners, strength and conditioning coaches. I imagine if we fight or not, the UFC will compensate a lot of the guys who were under contract and who fought, “said the former champion.
Cejudo was scheduled to face Jose Aldo at UFC 250 on May 9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but as Aldo was unable to obtain a travel visa, he was replaced by former 135-pound king Dominick Cruz. Of course, it was a day before the promotion announced the postponement of its next list of fights.
Although the clashes proposed yesterday are not necessarily those of tomorrow, Cejudo will be the first to say that he is not too high by signing on the dotted line to fight Cruz given the past injury woes of “The Dominator” .
“I thought about it, with Dominick, he’s unpredictable,” said Cejudo. “He is too fragile. I’m afraid to sign a contract with him because I’m afraid he won’t show up. Frankie Edgar, he was one of the first people I called. It’s a fight that has always given me this appetite for him. He’s gone to 135, but he’s a former champion at 155 [pounds]. It really intrigues me. “
At the end of the day, “Triple C” understands why the UFC has to queue and postpone events for the moment, but when its number is called back, it wants the promotion to be 100% sure the fight won’t won’t do. be canceled at the eleventh hour.
“I understand what Dana is trying to do for the good of the fighters, but it’s kind of like,” Here, do you want pizza? Nope. Do you want candy? Nope. We are professionals. We should be able to know. That’s all I’m saying. “
Cejudo’s anxiety and irritability are understandable, but the UFC – and everyone else on earth – is at the mercy of the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 120,000 people worldwide. And since no one knows when the coast will be cleared to resume normal life, White cannot exactly begin to set certain dates, especially when Disney and ESPN – as well as state officials – intervene now.
According to White, he hopes “Fight Island” will be operational in mid-May.