Fight sport returned to Las Vegas on Saturday with the UFC stay occasion.© UFC/Instagram
Fight sport returned to Las Vegas on Saturday as Brazil’s Gilbert Burns defeated former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the principle occasion of an Final Preventing Championship blended martial arts card. As within the UFC’s current stay occasions from Florida there have been no followers in attendance on the UFC Apex and social distancing measures had been in place to forestall the unfold of COVID-19. Nevertheless it heralded the return of fight sports activities to Vegas, the place the Nevada State Athletic Fee final week gave the greenlight not solely to UFC but additionally to boxing playing cards in June.
Promoter Bob Arum’s Prime Rank has lined up playing cards to be held on the MGM Grand Convention Heart, beginning with a June 9 occasion that includes Shakur Stevenson, unbeaten in 13 fights, taking up Puerto Rican Felix Caraballo in a non-title bout.
Stevenson, the World Boxing Group featherweight champion, had been scheduled to make the primary protection of his belt on March 14 towards Miguel Marriaga in New York, however that occasion was canceled due to the pandemic.
“The objective was to start out out with actually good, aggressive fights, with names that individuals are conversant in, who’ve been on ESPN reveals,” Arum informed broadcaster ESPN on Saturday, including they opted to not begin with title bouts to streamline the logistics.
Arum stated the well being protocols put in place by Nevada officers provided “a wise method to push forward.
“You have received to verify all of the procedures are protected and so forth,” Arum stated. “Hopefully, what we’re doing will function a template for different promoters to placed on reveals.”
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