There wasn’t a lot to laugh about on April Fool’s Day this year.
With the world gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, and the MMA world taking an even more direct hit on April 1 with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov apparently putting the final nail in the coffin on his fifth (!) scheduled matchup with Tony Ferguson, pranks were in short supply.
But a few fighters did their best to lighten the mood, while the rest simply took the occasion to comment on how absurd day-to-day life has been in 2020 so far.
Chase Hooper supposedly cut off his trademark afro (if this turns out to be for real, sorry Chase!).
Angela Hill is gearing up for a move to flyweight!
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On my way to a successful transition into the flyweight division! @bulletvalentina After my first successful flyweight bout I’d like to challenge you to a duel of fisticuffs. With my new gains I’m sure to thrive in @ufc’s 125lb weight class!! @mickmaynard2 @suckerpunchent Swipe to the next picture to see how I put on 20lbs of lean muscle.
Carla Esparza is baring it all for her fans... or is she?
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@danawhite is a savage trying to keep the card #ufc249 together after the Main event of @tonyfergusonxt vs. @khabib_nurmagomedov fell thru , we finally Get the first Intergender @ufc World title fight . Triple C vs. The Bullet . @henry_cejudo vs. @bulletvalentina will save the Card and put on the greatest show in Quanrantine History. Dana white states “The Jiu-Jitsu Times was able to get a hold of UFC President Dana White, who kept it simple: “I was crushed when I heard that Khabib wouldn’t be able to fight and that we weren’t going to be able to hold a sanctioned event in Brooklyn. What the hell am I supposed to tell our fighters? The show must go on and desperate times call for desperate measures… Henry has stated on numerous occasions both publicly and in private that he’s not above fighting a woman, and Valentina has looked unstoppable in her last five fights and had already pretty broadly implied that she’d be willing to take the fight. As much as this fight doesn’t make sense, it really does. If any woman in the 125 lb weight class can handle Henry, it’s her, so who knows what’ll happen? We are grateful to the commission in Alaska for accommodating us.” https://www.jiujitsutimes.com/ufc-announces-valentina-shevchenko-vs-henry-cejudo-as-main-event-replacement-at-ufc-249/amp/ Who you betting on ?
People responding to April fools this year. pic.twitter.com/3D94YR1k3n— Gina Carano (@ginacarano) April 1, 2020
I tried to play an #AprilFools joke on my wife at 12:05am before the realization & constant all day bombardment & she just called me an idiot & looked at her phone & said ‘oh it’s the 1st’...— TheOnceAndFutureKing (@BensonHenderson) April 1, 2020
What if Khabib stuck in Russia was an early April fools?— Quarantine Day 19 (@Benaskren) April 1, 2020
Done Deal!!!! Conor vs Ferg April 18 for @ufc interim title— Quarantine Day 19 (@Benaskren) April 1, 2020
“April fools” is cancelled in 2020 . This whole year has been a joke!— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 1, 2020