The MMA franchise Combate Americas were scheduled to return to presenting shows again starting on August 28th with what was going to be the first of three fan-free shows from a television studio in Miami, Florida. Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren informed the Associated Press that the promotion will wait indefinitely to run shows again due to the surge of Coronavirus cases in Florida.
The statement he issued can be read below:
“This is not a decision we took lightly, and is based entirely on our focus to prioritize the safety of our employees, broadcast partners, fighters and the broader MMA community. We explored many alternatives to avoid this measure, including the possibility of moving our in-studio fights to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the state of California is in a similarly precarious situation with COVID outbreaks, and it seems untenable to proceed without taking into consideration the health of those we love.”
Combate Americas last held an event on February 28th which was headlined by Alejandro Martinez versus Adrian Guzman for the organization’s Mexico vs. USA Fight Night.
UFC’s last show took place on July 18th at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi. Bellator’s next event is scheduled for July 24th in Uncasville, Connecticut which will be headlined by Sergio Pettis vs. Ricky Bandejas.