Despite the majority of professional sports leagues around the world going on hiatus at some point in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic—including the UFC postponing its next three events—Combat Night MMA has decided to forge ahead with an event scheduled for Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida.
"The event in Jacksonville is still scheduled for Saturday night and is licensed and regulated by the Florida State Boxing Commission," Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) spokesperson Patrick Fargason told Marc Raimondi of ESPN.
Combat Night promoter Mitchell Chamale said the event was going forward at the behest of the athletes, who wanted to go ahead with the show and receive a paycheck.
As for those health concerns, Raimondi noted that the DBPR "required certain health and safety precautions," which included all fighters having their temperatures taken at Friday's weigh-ins along with anybody going into the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on Saturday having their temperature taken and being "asked if they have been in contact with anyone who has coronavirus, anyone who has symptoms or has been recently in any of the COVID-19 hot zones."
"There is a little bit of concern there," Chamale said of the possibility of asymptomatic people spreading the virus.