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Nevada Commission sets hearing on combat sports’ return, UFC requests several dates

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Nevada appears ready to re-open the state for combat sports.

On Thursday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed plans for a meeting on May 27 where the governing body will discuss plans for COVID-19 protocols for events to return to the state without audiences in attendance.

Back in March, the Nevada Commission held a meeting to suspend all events until further notice with Gov. Steve Sisolak issuing stay-at-home orders as well as closing down all non-essential businesses including casinos.

On May 9, Gov. Sisolak launched Phase 1 of the state’s re-opening plans and it appears the commission is preparing for the return of combat sports with new protocols being put in place for events.

The upcoming agenda also includes two requests from the UFC for cards that the promotion hopes to hold at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.

The first event will be on May 30, which is a UFC Fight Night card that’s expected to be headlined by former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley as he faces off against Gilbert Burns.

The second request falls on June 6 at the Apex, which is the date that was originally reserved for UFC 250. That card is currently headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer.

Top Rank Boxing has also put in two different requests for boxing events scheduled at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 9 and June 11.

Typically event approvals like this are usually a formality at the commission hearings but now everything hinges on the approval of the COVID-19 protocols along with the governor’s approval to re-open the state for events.

Gov. Sisolak’s office issued a statement to MMA Fighting on Wednesday regarding plans for Phase 2 of re-opening in the state.

“As stated last week, the Governor’s Office is working with the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP), state agencies, local leaders, public health experts and the business community to continue developing guidelines for the potential Phase 2 reopening,” Gov. Sisolak’s office said in the statement.

“As a reminder, at this time, the State of Nevada is still evaluating the data since Phase 1 reopening began on May 9.”