California to cancel combat sports events through May due to COVID-19

California’s Department of Consumer Affairs, the division of the state government that includes the California State Athletic Commission, has extended a ban on combat sports events through the end of May which was first reported by ESPN’s Marc Raimondi.

On March 12, California suspended all combats through the end of March and Nevada followed two days later. One event that was scheduled in May was UFC San Diego on May 16 also Bellator postponed their events that was scheduled on May 9 in San Jose and May 29 in Temecula. Another MMA promotion scheduled in May was King of the Cage and some boxing events in the likes of Golden Boy and Top Rank.

California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) states:

“The Commission didn’t take this decision lightly and understands the potential economic loss to promoters and the industry of combative sports. We had to weigh the best interest of our fighters and the community around us.”

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