After proclaiming that UFC would be “back up and running” next week, it appears Dana White is headed back to the drawing board.
UFC 249 and all subsequent bouts have now been postponed, after a request from ESPN.
“While the organization was fully prepared to proceed with UFC 249, ESPN has requested the postponement of the event and subsequent bouts until further notice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” UFC announced via social media today. “UFC looks forward to resuming the full live events schedule as soon as possible.”
UFC 249 was scheduled to take place at a secret location in the United States on April 18. White told TMZ earlier this week that he had the venue locked up for two months.
“I’m setting up shop here. We’re going to be pumping out fights every week,” said White, who added that he’s in the process of securing a private island for international fights.
“I have a private island, I’m going to start flying them all onto the private island and doing international fights from there.”
The main event for UFC 249 was supposed to feature Tony Ferguson against Justin Gaethje, after Khabib Nurmagomedov had to pull out because he was unable to travel from Russia.