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The phrase “last-minute fight fallout” is thrown around a lot when bouts are canceled near fight night, but it was literal at UFC on ESPN+ 31.

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Just moments before the main-card opener at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night was scheduled to go down, Trevin Giles fainted before making his walk to the octagon. This forced the Nevada Athletic Commission to cancel his middleweight matchup against Kevin Holland due to precautionary reasons.

The news was announced during the UFC broadcast.

Giles (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was shown on the broadcast sitting on his own power. He wanted to fight against Holland (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC), but the NAC didn’t allow the bout to go ahead. No further details on the situation were revealed.

Below was the UFC’s announcement on the cancellation:

Update on tonight's card. #UFCVegas5

— UFC (@ufc) August 2, 2020

Meanwhile, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reported the UFC attempted to make a makeshift bout between Holland and Ed Herman, who had his scheduled fight with Gerald Meerschaert fall out earlier in the day when the latter tested positive for COVID-19. However, Herman got the first flight out of Vegas after his fight dropped out, which ended that possible scenario.

Holland, meanwhile, cast some doubt on Giles’ withdrawal in an interview with reporters, including MMA Junkie.

“In the back of my head, I’m honestly believing that he held his breath until he passed out, so that way, he didn’t get the smackdown,” Holland said.


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Trump urges ‘play college football’ as reports swirl Power 5 season may be CANCELED with programs facing losing billions

PRESIDENT Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to urge college football to return to universities as rumors swirled that the fall season may be canceled because of coronavirus.

“Play College Football!” the president tweeted.

2A student walks through empty seats inside Kenan Stadium at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.Credit: AP:Associated Press

“The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled,” Trump wrote in an earlier tweet responding comments from Clemson University’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

The president’s tweet comes after a report in the Detroit Free Press indicated that university presidents in the Big Ten conference voted 12-2 to end the fall sports.

However, the Pac-12, composed of large West Coast schools, will postpone football until the spring, TMZ reported.

The Power 5 conferences – composed of the Big Ten, Pac-12 as well as the Big 12, ACC and SEC – could all suffer a devastating financial loss of billions of dollars if the college football season is canceled because of COVID-19.

Oregon State athletics director Scott Barnes told ESPN in May that “anywhere from 75 up to almost 85%” of all athletics department revenues are derived from football.

2Fans fill Ohio Stadium as Ohio State takes on Akron in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio in 2011Credit: AP:Associated Press

Other athletes chimed in to support the president’s comments

“You wanna have students on campus but no football? There is no safer place on campus than our football facility, especially when students come back,” wrote University of Alabama tight end Miller Forrestall.

Spencer Rattler, a quarterback for The University of Oklahoma said athletes “NEED football.”

“The country NEEDS football! We understand the precautions we have to take every single day for this to happen and we are more than willing to do that. There’s been too much hard work put in to bring everything to a halt,” Rattler tweeted.

A reporter for Sports Illustrated obtained a letter from Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, a former university president, to presidents in the Big Ten conference on why he believes college football should not be cancelled,

“Here’s the reality: Many of you think that football is safer than no football, but you also know that you will be blamed if there is football, whereas you can duck any blame if you cancel football,” Sasse wrote.

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