The fight between Khabib and Tony has been canceled four times in the last five years and it is scheduled for UFC 249 on April 19 at Brooklyn, New York. The fight is believed to be cursed by many MMA fans. Once again the future of fight between current UFC Lightweight Champion and former interim UFC Lightweight Champion is uncertain as many of the events have been called off amid the fear of coronavirus. Former UFC star, Chael Sonnen, said in a video on his YouTube channel that the UFC 249 can happen in front of empty seats.
Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, announced a ban on the gathering of 500+ and ordered to close theaters due to coronavirus pandemic. He also ordered all the facilities that have an occupancy of fewer than 500 people would need to cut by 50%. So the future of UFC 249 in New York is under the clouds yet.
COVID-19 has affected every sector of the business and stock markets worldwide are dropping. Bitcoin price has dropped from $10,000 to $5,000 in the last few days. And this outbreak hasn’t left the MMA world. Several promotions events of UFC and Bellator have been canceled. Just a few hours ago, UFC president, Dana White announced the future of upcoming UFC events amid the impact of coronavirus that is sweeping across the world through the UFC YouTube channel. His statement ensures that the most anticipated fight in the MMA world, UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson, is happening but it can move from its host city to UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Here’s what Dana White said about the future of upcoming UFC events due to the impact of coronavirus:
“Hey everyone, UFC president Dana White here. We’ve been closely monitoring the situation with the coronavirus and its potential impact on the health and safety of UFC athletes, staff, and fans around the world. We’re moving forward with all our UFC live events but we’re gonna adapt to these unprecedented circumstances. Some of the events will be moved from the original host city to the UFC Apex here in Las Vegas and unfortunately, fans may not be allowed to attend the events.” UFC president also added that he hates to take this decision but the decision has been made for the best interest of the people
“The events are still gonna be broadcast live on ESPN the network and ESPN+ in the United States and on media partners worldwide including Combate in Brazil and UFC Fight Pass. So, you can watch the fights wherever you are on your TV, laptop, cell phone, anywhere you know the drill. And fans who had tickets to the event can get a full refund at the point of purchase. This is a very tough situation that is constantly evolving. So, we will keep you updated as best we can. We greatly appreciate your understanding and your continued support. Thank you guys very much.”