The chances of the UFC 249 looked very slim in the past few weeks, with Khabib Nurmagomedov pulling out of the card and no confirmed location for the event due to the COVID-19. However, Dana White, the UFC president, stayed true to his word and found a solution to all the problems and is finally set to deliver UFC 249.
UFC finally announced the new card for the UFC 249, which now has the main event as Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje for the interim UFC lightweight title. The only fight that remains unchanged on the card is the co main-event between Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas. A total of 12 bouts are said to take place on the card.
Dana White has faced a lot of criticism on social media for trying to conduct a sporting event during these tough times. However, White has said that the event will be held in an undisclosed location. White has also ensured that every person involved in the fight will be screened by a medical team before they are allowed to enter the venue. There will be no live audience at the event.
In an interview with the TMZ Sports, Dana White revealed that he has booked the mysterious venue for the next two months and will continue to conduct fights every week. But the problem that comes in front of UFC is that only fighters currently in the USA will be able to take part in that card. To solve this problem, Dana White plans to buy a private island where UFC can conduct fights between international fighters. Dana White plans to fly in the international fighters using private planes in order to conduct fights.
“I’ll tell you this, I’m this close to getting a deal done,” White said to TMZ Sports. “So, this place where this fight is going to be on 18 April, I have locked up for two months, so I’m going to continue to pump fights out. 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. So, when we do this fight 18 April, international and in the United States, we’re going to start cranking. The UFC will be back up and running, internationally and here in the States.”
Dana White also dismissed the rumors of Joe Rogan being absent from the event due to health concerns.
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