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MMA in the time of coronavirus

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THE Ultimate Fighting Championship 249 event on Sunday gave the world a glimpse of the sporting world with great fight cards that included Justin Gaethje who claimed the interim lightweight title from Tony Ferguson.

But Trench Tech's Cuki Alvarez and athlete Kier Agda, who are Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enthusiasts, had mixed feelings after watching the event at their homes.

"As a fellow fight promoter and extreme MMA fight fan, naturally I was very excited and super stoked to watch the UFC Fights again!" said Alvarez. "On a personal note however, I had mixed feelings and slight anxiety about the chances of there being a positive Covid-19 case."

Which in fact there was.

UFC fighter Jacare Rolando Souza and his two cornermen tested positive the day before the event, which gave Alvarez, as well as other fans and MMA fighters, a chill down their spines. "I bet the UFC was so confident that they were going to have a flawless event, which ended up not being the case, and for sure they will be getting ridiculed and face some repercussions from it," Alvarez said.

 

Justin Gaethje, right, punches Tony Ferguson during a UFC 249 mixed martial arts bout, Saturday, in Jacksonville, Fla. AP

Agda had a similar response. "If anything I enjoyed it more with no audience because you could really hear every single punch, kick, and knees thrown in each fight. Great performances and I’m sure the fans enjoyed them!" But Agda said it is still unclear if regular MMA events can resume soon. "I can’t say that it would be the start of things coming back to normal, but it was a great event that was very much needed for the thousands of UFC fans all over the world."

Alvarez and Adga said they particularly enjoyed the main event between Gaethje and Ferguson. "All the fights were amazing!” Alvarez said. “They lived up to the hype 100%! But if I were to pick one, it would have to be the main event. [It was] one of the most grueling, competitive, never-say-die fights I have ever witnessed! Not to mention one of the bloodiest, too."

Agda said the preliminary rounds also featured a great lineup of fights. "The fight cards were so stacked that the match between Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone and Anthony Pettis, which was the headline of the prelims, could pass as a main event.”

"It felt great watching UFC fights again! I missed watching the highest level fighters in the world go to war and put on a show for us fight fans. I’m already looking forward to the next UFC fights," Agda added.

Alvarez said, "All in all, I was happy that they aired the fights and brought back some hope and positivity back into the world. We will beat Covid-19 — it is just a matter of time. We all just have to continue to follow protocol and all the directives issued by the government. I can't wait to open Trench Tech, but at the same time, I will not force or rush it until we get ‘the all-clear.’”

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