On Friday, UFC president Dana White held an invite-only teleconference with the talent, only (no management invited) about the league's response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. White said events will start on May 9, and will be weekly going forward. White said repeatedly that fighters not wishing to fight for any reason will have their wishes honored, and noted that fighters who want to fight will get the contracted three bouts. Negotiations are underway with Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak to hold the events the APEX Center, but the location remains TBA.
•Fighters scheduled for the canceled shows in London, England, Columbus, Ohio, Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn, NY will be first in line.
•Allowing catchweight fights is under consideration, but White doesn’t like the idea, as catchweight fights have less meaning
•The number of people allowed at events remains fluid, but White acknowledged that fighters make have to make tough decisions if cornermen are prohibited or otherwise unavailable.
•Medical staff and hospitals will be readily available for every event.
•International Fight Week in Las Vegas in July is in doubt.
•Americans may fight on “Fight Island.”