The outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus has affected all major sporting events scheduled to take place in the state of New York, including UFC 249.
UFC 249 is headlined by the highly-anticipated showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. The fight has been booked 4 times in the past, with both fighters pulling out twice due to different health reasons. It’s now expected to to take place on April 18, 2020 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Unfortunately for fight fans everywhere, the fight is now in jeopardy once again.
The state of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that all gatherings of more than 500 people will be banned in the state effective today (Friday, March 13).
The event is expected to draw thousands of fans in attendance so the problem here is immediately clear. It’s worth noting that the UFC 249 event has not been officially cancelled, postponed or relocated by the UFC at this time.
There are rumours circulating around moving the UFC 249 event to Las Vegas, a move that has already been implemented with the UFC Columbus event.
As mentioned earlier in the article, UFC are yet to release a statement regarding the plans for its future events and growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus. Other major organisation like ONE Championship have recently issued a statement regarding it’s plans to deal with the outbreak of the virus.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 13th March, 2020.