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.
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.
Dana White tells Kevin Iole that Khabib/Ferguson is still happening on April 18. pic.twitter.com/nDC3GNcwbn- Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) March 23, 2020
"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."
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."
Per Dana White (@danawhite), a location for Khabib Nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) vs Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) is "99.9 percent done." Confirms Khabib is back in Russia. I also asked him if it will be a full undercard for UFC 249 or a shortened lineup, he said full lineup.- Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 24, 2020
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.