Coronavirus has finally shut down Dana White’s hands as he is forced to cancel the next three UFC cards. However, White made it clear that this doesn’t affect the status of the super-fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to defend his title at UFC 249 against Tony Ferguson on April 18. It’s however unclear as to how UFC will manage to do that.
After downplaying the pandemics for days, Dana White has said that March 21, March 28 and April 11 cards have been cancelled. March 11 card (UFC Fight Night 171) was scheduled to take place at the O2 Arena in London.
The card was supposed to be headlined by Leon Edwards and Tyron Woodley. March 28 card was moved from Colombus, Ohio to UFC Apex Center. The fight was supposed to be headlined by Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. April 11, which was supposed to be headlined by Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris has also been cancelled.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson to take place outside the US?
When NSAC stated that they were banning all kinds of sports events in the state, UFC president Dana White was planning to move the fight card to Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. But with POTUS stating that less than 10 people gathering at a single place be prohibited, Dana White decided to cancel the events.
“We’re postponing the next three events, but Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib [Nurmagomedov], April 18 is still on and that will still happen,” White said (via – MMA Fighting). “We’re going to follow these guidelines to not have more than 10 people in a room and we’re hoping this all clears up by April.”
“This fight’s going to happen,” he said. “No crowd. Whatever it takes. Probably not even going to be in the United States, but this fight’s going to happen.”
“This is what we do,” White said. “We put fights on every weekend. The fighters want to fight. The fans want to see it. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the fans and the fighters. These guys all want to continue. So we will.”
“Obviously, we’ve had some blowback from the media that covers us, but everybody’s going to have their opinions,” White said. “We’re going to continue on.
“These three fights are postponed, they will still happen and Khabib-Tony is on for the original date. We’re going to keep fighting.” White concluded.
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