NSAC Suspends Combat Sporting Events Until March 25 amid Coronavirus Concerns

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 14, 2020

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The Nevada Athletic Commission announced that it will revoke all licenses for combat sporting events in the state through March 25, per Shaheen Al-Shatti of The Athletic.

This does not affect UFC events on March 28 and April 11, a PBC card on March 28 and a Top Rank fight on April 11.

The UFC had previously moved UFC Fight Night: Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik from Columbus to UFC Apex in Las Vegas on March 28 after Ohio banned gatherings of 100 or more people.

UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris, which was slated to take place April 11 in Portland, Oregon, was moved to Apex as well because of the state's ban on gatherings of 250 or more people.

Per Al-Shatti, the NSAC will have a meeting March 25 to determine its next steps.

NSAC executive director Bob Bennett spoke with ESPN.com's Marc Raimondi about what he's been doing before the scheduled March 25 meeting:

"I've been in constant contact with a litany of doctors and medical professionals and am intimately familiar with most professional and amateur sports events being suspended at this point in time for an undetermined period. I will continue to collect information and speak with various medical experts and be prepared to provide the information to the chairman and commissioners on March 25."

Per Raimondi, the decision to revoke all licensing occurred during an emergency meeting Saturday, when it was decided that events after March 25 would be discussed later.

UFC Fight Night 170: Brasilia kicked off in Brasilia, Brazil, at 3 p.m. ET Saturday, and it features 12 fights and a main event between Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira at a 158.5-pound catchweight.

It is one of the few professional North American sports leagues still in action. Of note, Liga MX is still playing out its regular season.

However, games have been canceled or postponed en masse otherwise. Namely, the NBA, NHL and MLS suspended their seasons, and MLB delayed its start.

The UFC is still going on, although that could change following the NSAC's March 25 meeting.

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