Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has yet to officially postpone “UFC 249,” which is set to take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, United States on April 18, 2020. The mixed martial arts event will be headlined by reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 31, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and his challenger Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson, 36, of Ventura, California, USA.
If the UFC cancels “UFC 249,” it will be the fifth time the bout between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson is scheduled but aborted. The two were supposed the fight at the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber,” at “UFC on Fox 19,” “UFC 209” and “UFC 223” but the bouts were all cancelled for various reasons.
While “UFC 249” has yet to be postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, three upcoming UFC events were postponed namely “UFC Fight Night 171,” “UFC on ESPN 8” and “UFC Fight Night 172.” This was announced by Dana White in a letter sent to UFC employees obtained by MMA Junkie.
Originally, “UFC Fight Night 171” was set to take place at The O2 Arena in London, England on March 21, 2020. “UFC on ESPN 8” was supposed to take place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, United States on March 28, 2020 while “UFC Fight Night 172” was originally scheduled to be held at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on April 11, 2020.
“The next three events– London, Columbus, and Portland—will be postponed,” White wrote. “UFC 249 is still scheduled as planned, but the location may change. We’ll keep you posted.”