Reaction video: UFC 249 is postponed, and all future events are suspended. Now what?
At the directive of Disney and ESPN executives, the UFC made the decision Thursday to postpone UFC 249 and all future scheduled events in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Although an argument can be made the decision came too late, the plug was finally pulled to call off the April 18 pay-per-view and beyond, despite extreme reluctance from UFC president Dana White.
The fallout of the UFC temporarily halting its operation is widespread, from fighters to fans to media to UFC staff. There is no guarantee when sports will return as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, but White promises the fight promotion will be “first” back to running events.
How should this major piece of news be digested? MMA Junkie senior reporter Mike Bohn and managing editor Simon Samano react to the UFC event postponements from various angles in the video above.