The UFC 249 lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson still features a place on the calendar, but it needs a home.
The highly anticipated bout won’t happen at Barclays Center due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ny State Athletic Commission said during a statement Wednesday that the choice was “in line with recent guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and ny State.”
Nurmagomedov (28-0) was set to defend his title against Ferguson (25-3) on April 18 in Brooklyn. “They’ll be fighting, but not in ny,” UFC President Dana White told the ny Post. “I will catch on found out. i really like the town of latest York, and that i want to return back as soon as possible. But life goes to possess to urge back to normal.”
The logical spot, Las Vegas, is off limits at the instant albeit UFC has its own venue, UFC Apex, there. But Nevada has halted events, a minimum of through its next meeting Wednesday. “I have my very own arena,” White told TSN. “I have my very own production. I even have everything. I even have everything you would like to place on events. So there isn’t much that I can’t achieve.”
That depends on Nevada. White had attempted to stay the fights going, with a fight held in an empty arena Saturday in Brazil, and had hoped to carry fights without a crowd at Apex until Nevada’s sports commission had other ideas. UFC events for Saturday, March 28 and April 11 were called off.
“The Strip goes black tonight,” White said of Las Vegas. “It’s getting to be dark. That’s insane. are you able to imagine what a troublesome decision it had been for the governor of Nevada to tug the plug on the casinos? This city lives off the casinos. That’s the way it works. People are making tough choices and doing what’s right to work out the way to solve this problem. It’s about solving problems.”
And if the large fight takes place without fans, so be it.
“Whatever it takes,” White, who has directed UFC employees to figure remotely through the top of March, told ESPN.