Bellator 241 scheduled for Friday night in Connecticut has been postponed, marking the first U.S. MMA cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bellator president Scott Coker made the announcement on Twitter Friday afternoon.
The health and safety of everyone involved have, and will remain, our top priority as we move forward. After carefully monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, @BellatorMMA has chosen to postpone this evening’s Bellator 241 event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) March 13, 2020
Coker announced on Thursday that the event would proceed without fans in attendance. It appears that organizers changed their minds in the aftermath of several other canceled sporting events including the NCAA tournament, The Players Championship and MLB’s spring training.
All of these decisions were made after after the NBA announced the suspension of its season Wednesday night.
Different strategy from UFC
The Bellator decision stands in contrast to the UFC’s approach. UFC president Dana White said on Thursday that his promotion’s events over the next month will continue. He told ESPN that the UFC made the decision after consulting with President Donald Trump, who encouraged him to move forward.
“I talked to the president and the vice president of the United States today about this,” White said. “They’re taking this very serious. They’re saying ‘Be cautious, be careful, but live your life and stop panicking.’”
The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, “The risk is low to the average American.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2020
White is a political supporter of Trump and has publicly campaigned for him.
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