News has broken this evening that UFC 249 will now NO longer be going ahead next weekend.
Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic spreading the world, UFC president Dana White was adamant the show would go on.
However, that has come to a resounding halt this evening as it has been announced that the show scheduled for April 18 will no longer go ahead.
It was initially thrown into doubt after champion Khabib Nurmagomedov withdrew from the fight with Tony Ferguson due to being stuck in Russia, but after they drafted in Justin Gaethje, it looked like things would go ahead.
However, it has now been announced the show will not be going ahead, and it will be scrapped instead.
A gutting blow to White, who was keen to keep the show running despite what has been going on in the world, and it’s also a blow to any future fights he had planned on his private island.
However, the right decision, in the end, has been made.
Speaking about the decision to cancel the event, White told ESPN: “Today, we got a call from the highest level you can go at Disney, and the highest level at ESPN … and the powers that be there asked me to stand down and not do this event on Saturday.
“It’s been a battle since day one. We’ve been fighting non-stop all day and all night, since this pandemic started, to put on this event on April 18th.
“… Tachi Palace in California, the Indian reservation, has had our back this whole time, has stood their ground, and was willing to do this fight. And let me tell you this: When the world gets back to normal, California, that [fight] will be at Tachi Palace.”
The UFC have since officially posted a tweet as well onto their official account, which can be seen above.