Mixed martial arts and boxing are back in business in Nevada.
The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously agreed Wednesday to allow two UFC events and two Top Rank boxing shows in Las Vegas over the next two weeks.
The decision ends the moratorium on combat sports that has been in place in Nevada since March 14, when the commission stopped the competitions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The UFC immediately confirmed its plans to stage a show without fans in attendance Saturday night at the UFC Apex arena on its expansive corporate complex in Las Vegas.
That will be followed by the UFC 250 pay-per-view show at the same place June 6.
Top Rank is expected to hold fan-free boxing shows at the MGM Grand on June 9 and June 11.
Citing the importance of sports to the state's economy and morale, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night that sporting events could return if promoters followed health rules approved by the appropriate authorities.
The Nevada commission's safety protocols include immediate testing and mandated quarantine at a hotel upon all participants' arrival in Las Vegas, followed by another test and isolation period before the events.
– Associated Press