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Stephen A. Smith Makes Bizarre COVID-19 Claim About UFC 249 Main-Event And Fans Can't Believe It

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Stephen A. Smith Makes Bizarre COVID-19 Claim About UFC 249 Main-Event And Fans Can't Believe It

Stephen A. Smith believes Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje avoided grappling during their UFC 249 clash due to COVID-19 fears.

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Ferguson and Gaethje battled it out for five rounds on their feet with 'The Highlight' earning the stoppage victory to claim the interim-UFC lightweight title.

And Smith reckons there was a reason for that tactic as both fighters didn't want to contract the coronavirus.

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Speaking on ESPN, he said: "There was so much striking I was surprised there wasn't a little bit more wrestling.

"Then I remembered with the coronavirus pandemic coming on, in my mind my attitude is that guys were a bit reluctant to grapple as little as necessary."

Smith made headlines in the MMA world in January when he slammed Donald Cerrone's performance against Conor McGregor.

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And his latest controversial take sent social media wild.

"My god can this dude just stick to NBA and NFL man," one social media user wrote.

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A second tweeted: "Every time this guy opens his mouth about MMA, he sounds dumber than the time before."

A third added: "This might be the worst take ive ever heard in all of MMA."

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UFC 249 was the first major sports event since the global pandemic with the MMA leaders also holding an event on Wednesday.

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They'll stage their third show in a week on Saturday when Alistair Overeem faces Walt Harris in a heavyweight bout.

Topics: UFC News, Stephen A. Smith, Tony Ferguson, Fight News, UFC, MMA, UFC 249

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