At the beginning of the month, 3rd Coast Grappling modified their fourth major event, which was set to take place this Saturday, March 14, to make it a locals-only affair as news of COVID-19 coronavirus cases came to Houston. Now, the promotion has been forced to cancel the event entirely.
Promoter Ryan McGuire shared the news earlier today explaining the reasoning for the cancelation:
“It’s been a crazy 7 days. We were one of the first organizations to make modifications to their event due to CV and were mocked and ridiculed over it. Now due to Local and federal advice as well as the TSAC’s recent guidance directed at Combat Sports Events in Texas we sadly have to cancel and follow suit as well. I assure you we did everything in our power to keep the event on track but it wasn’t to be.
We have gone through hell and back (public and privately) as we tried to find a way to salvage and ensure our show goes on no matter what. The athletes bought in, my staff bought in, but at the end of the day we had to listen to the same guidance who told us to cancel the event last week who are now advising us to cancel again. This time instead of being one of the first, we are one of the last.
We are offering full refunds through Warehouse Live or the athlete you purchased from or you have the option to roll it over and use it for our next big event June 13th at Warehouse Live.
As of now Kids 2 is not cancelled and will still go on as planned. We thank everyone for their support and belief in what we do. We will all get through this deal and come out on the other end stronger. We will be putting something together soon where the public can donate towards athletes affected by the spread of Covid-19. Take care and be safe.“
The cancelation comes in the wake of the IBJJF and UAEJJF canceling nearly all of their upcoming events and Fight 2 Win being forced to cancel their highly anticipated F2W 138. Many jiu-jitsu and MMA gyms are also closing to slow the spread of the virus and keep the public as safe as possible.