UFC president Dana White stated he is trying to build the “baddest card” in the history of combined martial arts for UFC 249 in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.
White has stated the location for the light-weight title face-off in between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is “99.9 percent” verified, though UFC 249 will be a closed event without fans since of the health emergency situation.
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UFC 249 was initially set for Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 18, however the COVID-19 crisis has actually required White to think about other choices, with extra battles possible.
“We’re building a card where people can still maneuver and still get in,” White informed ESPN. “We’re trying to build the baddest card that’s ever been performed in the history of the sport. … A few of the important things are going to exercise, and a few of the important things may not exercise.
” We’re trying to find out if they do not, what do we do? … Really, Francis [Ngannou] is among the men we’re taking a look at, too. Yes, yes, yes [against Jairzinho Rozenstruik].”
More than 21,100 individuals have actually passed away from COVID-19 worldwide, while there have actually been more than 468,600 verified cases. In the United States, casualties have actually moved past 1,000 as cases rise to more than 65,000
The health emergency situation has actually brought sports to a dead stop and led to job losses around the world.
White rejected a report declaring the UFC would start laying off a variety of workers.
“Not true,” he informed TMZSports “Nobody’s getting laid off; it’s not gonna happen.”