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Dana White Says He Has A Location For UFC 249, Confirms Behind Closed Doors Event

Dana White Says He Has A Location For UFC 249, Confirms Behind Closed Doors Event

A location and venue for the blockbuster UFC 249 clash between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is "99.9 per cent done," according to Dana White.

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The huge UFC 249 has been in serious doubt due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has already cancelled three UFC shows.

But the UFC president insists Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson will happen on April 18 and claims to have found a new site for the lightweight title bout.

He hasn't revealed the location yet, though he has confirmed the event will be behind closed doors.

"I do (know where it is)," he said on Instagram Live. "But I'm not ready to tell you yet. I know lots of things. There's not going to be any fans there. It's going to be a closed event."

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The UFC boss added: "Everybody who is going to be involved in this thing is going to be because they want to be, not because they have to be or they have to do anything,

"Believe me: We didn't just start thinking about safety when the coronavirus popped up. Health and safety, these are things that normal businesses that are out there right now don't necessarily have to think about on a daily basis.

"Health and safety is something we've been doing long before the coronavirus and we'll be doing it long after the coronavirus is gone. This is just normal (expletive) for us."

UFC 249 will also be a full lineup of fights and not a shortened card following the global pandemic.

So, 13 fights on the bill including a co-main event between Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas as well as main card bouts featuring Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba, Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Hernandez and Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar.

Topics: Khabib, UFC News, MMA News, Ferguson, Fight News, UFC, MMA, UFC 249, Dana White

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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