The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has committed not to participate in or regulate the next UFC 249 event on April 18.
There has been much speculation about the exact location of the UFC’s successful event, and it is now announced that it will be held on tribal land in California. The card is expected to be presented by Tony Ferguson against Justin Gaethje for the Interim Lightweight Championship.
Because it will take place on tribal land, there is no need for a commission to be involved to sanction it. However, for clarity, the CSAC has made sure its feelings about it are known, as reported by the New York Times.
“The Commission echoes the advice of California Governor Gavin Newsom, the Department of Public Health, local health officials and the recommendations of the Association of Ringside Physicians regarding the cancellation of events where people are at risk contract Covid-19 and encourage industry to do the same. The commission will not participate in the U.F.C. April 18, regardless of the location of the event. “
Morally speaking, the decision to host UFC 249 – wherever it takes place on Earth – is controversial. No one is quite sure whether the event will continue or not, and if so, the risks are obvious. It appears that their relationship with the CSAC could also be adversely affected, and if that happens, their ability to resume fighting against the state once everything is finished could be compromised.
It will be great for Gaethje to win a world title if this fight continues, but the fact that Ferguson must once again win a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov is regrettable.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com the 08/04/2020.