Khabib's showdown with Tony Ferguson WILL go ahead despite coronavirus

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s huge showdown with Tony Ferguson WILL go ahead despite coronavirus crisis insists UFC chief Dana White

  • Dana White says Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight Tony Ferguson as planned
  • UFC 249 had been scheduled to take place at the Barclays Center on April 18
  • However, White may now hold the event in Las Vegas due to coronavirus
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Dana White insists Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fight with Tony Ferguson will go ahead on April 18 as planned, despite the outbreak of coronavirus.

The UFC president has reassured MMA fans that they will not miss out on the highly-anticipated lightweight title clash, although he is still searching for a venue to host the event. 

The New York State Athletic Commission put paid to White’s hopes of holding UFC 249 at the Barclays Center, but he maintains he will be able to make alternative plans in a matter of weeks. 

Dana White (centre) says Khabib Nurmagomedov’s (L) Tony Ferguson (R) fight will go ahead

‘Listen, if you’re a fan, a media member, whatever you might be, do you want to bet against me?’ White told TSN. 

‘At some point you stop doubting me I’d imagine but maybe not. We’ll see.’ 

White remains determined to protect Khabib’s fight with Ferguson, which has been cancelled four times in the past, and the UFC is considering broadcasting the event from its Apex Facility in Las Vegas.

White has confirmed UFC 249 will no longer take place at the Barclays Center in New York

‘I have my own arena,’ White continued. ‘I have my own production. I have everything.

‘I have everything I need to put on events, so there isn’t much that I can’t pull off.

‘They’ll be fighting, but not in New York,’ White told The New York Post. 

‘I will get it figured out. I love the city of New York and I want to come back as soon as possible, but life is going to have to get back to normal.’

The other fights in the UFC 249 line-up are Jessica Andrade’s strawweight clash with Rose Namajunas, Islam Makhachev’s lightweight clash with Alexander Hernandez and Jeremy Stephens’ featherweight duel with Calvin Kattar. 

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