Ray Longo Hopes UFC Cancels Upcoming Events Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
By FCF Staff
The UFC recently postponed three of its events on account of the coronavirus pandemic. But, as it stands right now, the promotion has yet to officially postpone anymore. Recently renowned striking coach Ray Longo discussed how the pandemic is impacting the training camps of his fighters, and he called on the UFC to pushback additional bouts.
Longo is a coach for Chris Weidman and Matt Frevola, who currently have fights booked for May 2nd and April 25th respectively. Weidman is scheduled to fight Jack Hermansson at UFC Oklahoma, and Frevola is booked to face Roosevelt Roberts on April 25th.
While speaking to MMA Junkie recently, Longo had this to say about fighter’s training camps.
“He’s (Weidman) trying, yeah, definitely, but he’s got to do it at his house,” Longo says. “I really wish the UFC would’ve just come out and canceled a couple of shows because I don’t like to see these guys go in compromised, you know what I mean? They’re definitely not getting near a normal training camp. I even have Matt Frevola; he thinks he’s fighting on April 26, which I just don’t see it’s a possibility.”
“…I (Frevola) let him get in the gym, which I probably shouldn’t be doing,” Longo said. “It’s just him and another guy sparring, but it puts everybody in an awkward position because I really don’t want to do it, but then again, I want to see the kid get his work in. So it just kind of sucks, man.
“If you’re from New York, I don’t know how everybody else is dealing with it, but I got to tell you, New York is a (expletive) show. You’re staring to hear, it was like six degrees of separation, but now we’re two degrees away from people that we know that are dying and just the people that are losing (someone) saying goodbye on a walkie-talkie outside the hospital. It’s horrible.”
No new location or venue has been announced for UFC 249, which was originally supposed to take place on April 18th in Brooklyn.