UFC president Dana White is intent on having the prolonged-delayed battle between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson last but not least acquire place even as the marketing deals with the consequences of the global coronavirus pandemic on athletic activities.
White even created a warranty about the bout early Sunday.
“The supporters are all freaking out about that. Do not be concerned, Khabib vs. Tony will transpire,” White stated on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
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White’s biggest problem is finding a new put to phase the battle now that it can’t happen in New York or Nevada.
Khabib-Ferguson is the major event of UFC 249 on April 18. It was supposed to be held at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, N.Y., but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a ban on most gatherigs of far more than 500 individuals in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak. Las Vegas was a reasonable alternate, but the Nevada Condition Athletic Commission voted Saturday (for each the Las Vegas Journal Review) to revoke licenses for beat activities by way of March 25, the day of its up coming conference. The NSAC will explore at that meeting whether to retain the suspension of activities in put for a longer period.
UFC had Fight Night time activities planned for March 28 and April 11 at its Apex Facility in Las Vegas, but those people playing cards will also be moved, alongside with the March 21 UFC Fight Night time in London, a sufferer of coronavirus-connected vacation restrictions.
White told ESPN he expects to have two new “venue selections” by Sunday morning.
The UFC this weekend answered queries about irrespective of whether it would phase activities in vacant arenas even though governments impose limits on community gatherings. It held a Fight Night time card in Brazil in entrance of just vital personnel. White is prepared to push in advance with far more these playing cards unless of course the bans become far more Draconian.
“Unless you will find a complete shutdown of the region the place individuals can’t leave their houses and things like that, these fights will transpire,” he stated, referring to UFC 249 and other forthcoming activities.