When it comes to their handling of the global coronavirus pandemic, the two leading promotions in MMA couldn’t be more different. On one hand, you have Bellator, which fell in line with the rest of the sports world last Friday when it postponed Bellator 241 amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The promotion now doesn’t have an event scheduled until May 9 to decide on how it wants to proceed. On the other hand, there’s the UFC, which waited until Tuesday to postpone its next three events – which run through April 11 – after going through with UFC on ESPN+ 28 last Saturday in an empty arena in Brasilia, Brazil. Now UFC president Dana White insists UFC 249, headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, will happen April 18, despite governments around the world imposing bans on large gatherings. The way John McCarthy views the situation, he’s kind of split, but there’s no question that he admires Bellator president Scott Coker for the decision he made – not just to postpone his event out of concern for public safety, but also paying everyone involved, including the fighters’ purses, as well as staff and officials who worked all


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