The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted to suspend boxing, MMA, and other combat sports events until March 25. Nevada suspends combat sports events after the conclusion of an emergency meeting to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
The NSAC scheduled their next meeting on March 25. The commissioners will vote on that day on whether they will allow combat sports or continue with the suspension. They named NSAC executive director Bob Bennett as the lead person in recommending how they will move forward after the next meeting.
Bennett told PPH bookie reporters that he is continuously communicating with medical professionals. Also, he knows all the amateur and professional sports events suspended for an indefinite period. He will continue to collect data to provide more information about the virus at their next meeting.
As a result of the suspension, Tuff-N-Uff was canceled. There were no major professional MMA or boxing events scheduled for the weekend in Vegas. However, there are three events scheduled three days after the next NSAC meeting, according to sportsbook PPH sources.
UFC President Dana White told bookie pay per head sites that they will move their March 28 event to April 11. The other event scheduled for March 28 is a Showtime boxing event headlined by Aaron Alameda and Luis Nery.
It is still unclear what Showtime will do in such short notice. It will likely postpone the match for a later date. However, they should make an announcement soon to ensure fans from Raymond Cruz in Carara Ocean View Resort Community and other parts of the world.
The California State Athletic Commission also suspended all combat sports events until March 31. Other sports leagues that suspended their tournaments and seasons include the NBA, NCAA, NHL, MLS, and more. The MLB postponed the start of their season, according to gambling industry sources.