Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) has announced that it will postpone all of its upcoming shows through April as the coronavirus outbreak continues to sweep across the United States.
The regional fight promotion, which airs its cards on UFC Fight Pass, made the announcement Monday. The organization had already decided to cancel the next card scheduled for March 20, but now LFA will move forward with postponing all of its scheduled events through April.
“LFA officials have coordinated with government officials, state athletic commissions, and our venue partners over the past week to determine the best course of action,” LFA officials wrote in a statement.
“After further review, LFA will also be postponing its April events, LFA 85 in Colorado (April 3rd) and LFA 86 in South Dakota (April 17th). Due to the imminent threat of exacerbating the spread of the virus via large crowds at our live events, we have collectively determined that moving forward with these events would not be safe given the world’s current health crisis.”
On Sunday, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a recommendation on large gatherings throughout the United States to help prevent the continued spread of COVID-19, which has already claimed the lives of more than 5,800 people worldwide.
“Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities,” the CDC said in the statement. “Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.
“Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”
Many governors have already issued similar orders to prevent mass gatherings from happening but the numbers have fluctuated from state to state. The CDC recommending no more than 50 people gathering together in one venue is the harshest suggested restriction so far.
LFA hasn’t said with any certainty when its next show will take place but obviously all of the upcoming cards through April will be postponed to a later date.