UFC president Dana White has assured UFC 249 will still go ahead on April 18. And the UFC is also securing their own private island to host international fights in the future!
The UFC has had to postpone three events in recent months, but White is confident the April 18 fights will go ahead.
White says he’s a ‘day or two’ away from confirming the location to hold the fights in America. This location will also be used for two months afterwards to host weekly fights.
But they’re also close to securing a private island to host future international fights. This would help them get around global travel restrictions currently in place due to the Coronavirus.
UFC 249 was due to feature Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson in New York. But, with Nurmagomedov in quarantine in Russia, White confirmed that Justin Gaethje will replace him.
The bill is now likely to look like this…
Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade and Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Plus, Greg Hardy, Ray Borg, Jeremy Stephens and more.
Fighters will be regularly tested for Coronavirus and there will be no fans at the events.
“We’re going to make sure that athletes, referees, my production people, that everybody there is going to be healthy before, during and after the fights,” said White.
If the game does go ahead, it’s likely to be one of the few major sporting events in the world. So expect there to be plenty of interest!
Until then, get your UFC fix with our Dubailad intern Khalid as he tries to lay a punch on a professional UFC fighter. Clue: it doesn’t go well…