Yesterday, France was rocked with a series of gun and bomb attacks in the capital of Paris. The Guardian estimates that the death toll was at least 120, and the chaos has forced France to declare a national state of emergency.
In wake of the attacks, the UFC and Etihad stadium released a full statment on Friday evening. Etihad, which can hold 75,000+, is set to host the highly anticipated UFC 193 PPV in Melbourne, Australia later this evening, and authorities have ensured the public that safety is their number one priority.
The full statement reads:
“Etihad Stadium and UFC jointly send their thoughts and sympathy to those impacted by the terrible incidents which occurred in France.
Regarding tomorrow’s scheduled UFC 193 card at Etihad Stadium, officials from Etihad Stadium, UFC, and Victoria Police have come together to review all major safety protocols and procedures prior to this major event. This risk assessment and planning process takes place before all events held at Etihad Stadium, and the venue, promoter and police will remain diligent in this process in light of today’s tragedies in France.
We have been advised by Victoria Police there is nothing to suggest that tomorrow’s event will in any way be impacted by the events in France, it is important to note that precautions are being taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all in attendance.”
UFC 193 will host a women’s bantamweight championship fight between Ronday Rousey and Holly Holm and a strawweight title fight between Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Valerie Letourneau.
(Statement provided via MMAFighting.com)
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