UFC president Dana White has been dealing with a lot of issues surrounding a few of the upcoming UFC events because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
The company was recently forced to cancel their next 3 events due to the growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. UFC 249 was scheduled to take place on April 18 in Brooklyn, New York. It was recently reported that the state of New York have put a ban in place, prohibiting any “large events” from happening, leaving the next month’s UFC 249 in jeopardy.
Dana White has assured the fans that the event will still happen on April 18, although it will be relocated with a potential location being officially announced soon. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov recently stated that he believes UFC 249 will be moved and held in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Understandably, a lot of fans are still doubting whether UFC 249 will actually go ahead on April 18. In a recent interview with TSN, the UFC president set the record straight with a message for all of the doubters:
“If you’re a fan, if you’re a media member, you’d stop doubting, I would imagine,” White said. “But maybe not. We’ll see.”
“If you asked me questions 10 days ago, I could answer any question you threw at me. I don’t know a lot of things right now. Think about this: Las Vegas shut down the casinos. I never thought I’d ever see that in my lifetime. Khabib and Tony is going to happen. We’re going to make it happen. It’s just going to be a matter of how quickly it would go back to being normal.
“I have my own arena. I have my own production. I have everything. I have everything you need to put on events. So there isn’t much that I can’t pull off.” White concluded.
Fans remain hopeful that the event will take place as planned and that we will finally see the highly-anticipated fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will look to put his undefeated 28-0 record, as well as his title on the line against Tony Ferguson. Ferguson is widely considered to be the best lightweight fighter on the planet and Nurmagomedov’s coach recently admitted that he believes Ferguson will be his fighters toughest opponent to date.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 19th March, 2020.