Despite all efforts by the UFC to achieve this goal, UFC 249 will no longer be April 18th.
On Thursday, UFC chairman Dana White told ESPN Brett Okamoto that the card was closed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and all UFC events were postponed indefinitely.
Initially, the main event was originally Khabib Numagomedov against Tony Ferguson in Brooklyn to defend his UFC lightweight title, but the coronavirus forced the event to leave New York, while Nurmagomedov was trapped in Russia due to travel restrictions.
According to the backup plan, Ferguson will replace Justin Gaetzhe at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemur, California, to win an easy title. The venue is located in the homeland of Native Americans, so there is no need to comply with state laws. White said, but on Thursday, the UFC ceased operations due to the intervention of “the highest Disney level and the highest ESPN level.”
An ESPN statement said: “ESPN has contacted the UFC about UFC 249. No one wants to make more profit from sporting events than we do, but for various reasons we don’t think this is the right time.” ESPN said it is focused on the UFC, and they understood it. ”
With the closure of UFC No. 249 and the absence of incidents for at least several weeks, ESPN insiders Brett Okamoto, Jeff Wagenheim and Mark Raimundi faced Ferguson, Gates and the UFC as a whole. explored.