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Dana White Confirms UFC 249 Won’t Take Place in Brooklyn Due to COVID-19

March 20, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
UFC 249 Khabib Tony Ferguson

Dana White has conceded that UFC 249 and its Khabib Nurmagomedv vs. Tony Ferguson fight will not take place in Brooklyn as planned. ESPN reports that White confirmed that the show has been pulled due to a ruling by the NYSAC amid the coronavirus epidemic.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in line with recent guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control and New York State, the New York State Athletic Commission informed the UFC that UFC 249 cannot be held in NY,” the statement read.

White has been adamant that the fight and show will go0 on as scheduled, though now he will have to find another venue. Nurmagomedv said in an Instagram Live Q&A (per MMA Weekly) that he is not concerned, saying, “We’ll see. Next couple of days, Dana’s going to send us location … We need maximum 100 people inside the arena. Close the arena, 100 healthy people come inside and make the show. Put the camera on pay-per-view and everybody can fight. People who are quarantined and (at) home, they’ll have fun and watch fights.”

In addition, Nurmagomedv’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told TMZ, “I talked to Dana White last night. He said there is a possibility the fight is gonna be out of the country. We discussed about going to Zaire or Manila or some distant places … I said hey, Muhammad Ali did it, I’m sure Dana White can do it.”

Nurmagomedv vs. Ferguson is a cursed fight, having been booked and cancelled four previous times.

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