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UFC Brasilia forced to go down behind closed doors – Due to Corona virus

UFC lightweight Damir Hadzovic speaks about the situation on site: "I'm glad they closed the arena to the public, I feel safer now, I swear!"

As predicted, the deadly Corona virus continues to affect the world and, by extension, sporting events. France has closed football/soccer arenas to fans, following the Italian government, and ONE Championship have decided for all of the promotions events in the near future to occur behind closed doors, to minimise the risk of spreading the contagion. Now the UFC have been directly affected by the Corona virus, as this weekend’s UFC Brasilia will now go down without an audience in the arena.

This follows a governmental ban on large gatherings, cemented by Brasilia’s mayor Ibaneis Rocha. UFC Brasilia is only the latest event to be affected by the Corona virus. According to Brazilian outlet Combate, the UFC decided for the event to continue behind closed doors.

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MMAnytt caught up with Danish-Bosnian UFC lightweight Damir Hadzovic, who faces local favourite Renato Moicano at UFC Brasilia.

“It will be like a gym fight, you know,” Hadzovic told MMAnytt. “Like, ‘Let’s go down to the basement and settle this, you’ve got your coaches, I’ve got mine. just to see!’ You know, it…I don’t know if it favours me, but it’s good for me because he (Renato Moicano) can’t get any energy from the audience. I’m glad they closed it to audiences, for hygiene purposes… with 16,000 people (in the arena), I don’t want to take any risk of bringing the disease back home to my daughter and wife. So I’m glad they closed the arena to the public, I feel safer now, I swear!”

It seems that most parties involved understand the seriousness of the situation regarding the Corona virus, and are willing to take the steps needed to contain the disease as well as possible.

The main event at UFC Brasilia sees Kevin Lee take on Charles Oliveira in the main event at UFC Brasilia. Lee returned to the lightweight division last year wit ha devastating first round KO over Gregor Gillespie. Meanwhile, Oliveira sits on an impressive six fight winning streak with all finishes. In his ongoing win streak he has finished the likes of Clay Guida, Jim Miller and David Teymur.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for