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The fight will still go ahead as planned however, TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter has reported that the event will be held behind closed doors with no fan attendance due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The news comes after several other big MMA promotions confirmed their events will proceed with no fan attendance as well. The UFC Brasilia event on Saturday is likely to be happening behind closed doors although the UFC are yet to make a statement on the situation.
One Championship Chairman Chatri Sityodtong has confirmed via social media that all One Championship events moving forward will be held behind close doors for now as the coronavirus issue continues to develop.
Expect to see more MMA events being moved around and taking place behind closed doors as it looks like the UFC are already planning to move their Columbus and Portland events to Las Vegas to take place at the Apex with no fans in attendance.
MMA isn’t the only sport taking drastic measures with the PSG vs Borussia Dortmund football match taking place behind close doors yesterday in the Champions League and the NBA cancelling the rest of their season.
It certainly will be a strange experience for the fighters who are used to competing in front of full arenas of fans to compete in a bare empty stadium. It remains to be seen whether the change in atmosphere could lead to a change in performances for fighters given the unique set of circumstances they are going to be faced with.