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UFC President Dana White has confirmed to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto that, after all the grand plans of hosting UFC 249 on an island, UFC 249 has been canceled and all UFC events have been postponed for the near future.
White also had a message to all the fighters who were willing to fight on the card, despite coronavirus concerns: “Don’t worry about the financial part of this. You’re going to get the fights on your contract. I’m going to make things right for the people who were willing to fight next weekend.”
Although White had talked about hosting UFC events on an island he was set to secure, UFC 249 was actually going to take place on tribal land at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. The New York Times previously reported this, and White confirmed that in his interview with Okamoto.
White said he was asked to postpone the event by Disney and ESPN executives. ESPN is currently UFC’s broadcast partner.
“Today, we got a call from the highest level you can go at Disney, and the highest level at ESPN … and the powers that be there asked me to stand down and not do this event on Saturday,” White said.
White told Okamoto he still plans to promote 42 events this year.
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UFC 249 will go down in history, no matter what. Mainly because Dana White is proving himself to be the most stubborn combat sports promoter in history. Mainly because he’s dead set on trying to re-enact the plot of Enter The Dragon and Mortal Kombat in real life.
Please allow me to explain.
As a result of the coronavirus canceling pretty much every sporting event you can think of, UFC President Dana White has done the unimaginable. He has rented a private island where he will host fights starting with UFC 249 and onward for the next two months. Almost certainly the fights will take place in an empty arena with practically no one in attendance but the fighters, a referee and a tripped back broadcast team. Call him irresponsible, call him insane, but White is doing everything he can to bring sport to a planet utterly deprived of sport.
“I’m going to continue to pump fights out,” he said. “I also secured an island. I’ve got an island. The infrastructure is being built right now. We’re going to do all of our international fights on this island.”
This is absolute madness.
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But there are rumors the card isn’t taking place on an island at all. The New York Times claims UFC 249 will take place in the Tachi Palace Casino Resort, 40 miles south of Fresno, California on tribal land.
Regardless Dana White wants to keep the location secret.
UFC 249 was already a card loaded with drama. It was supposed to host one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, a fight that had previously been booked (and subsequently canceled) four times, as a result of injuries and fighters missing weight. This time all it took was a global pandemic to shut this fight down for a fifth time. The current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently trapped in Russia as a result of coronavirus lockdowns and can’t make the fight.
So now we have a new main event: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje. Outside of bringing Conor McGregor in as a replacement, this is probably the best possible outcome.