All UFC events, including pay-per-view UFC 249 have been postponed due to COVID-19, per a report from Brett Okamoto of ESPN, who spoke to UFC President Dana White recently.
UFC 249 was set to happen on April 18th, taking place at Tachi Palace Casino Resort in California.
“Today we got a call from the highest level you can go at Disney and the highest level of ESPN … and the powers that be there asked me to stand down,” said White in the interview.
White noted that Tachi Palace Casino Resort was helping them out.
“When the world gets back to normal, the California event will be at Tachi Palace,” White promised.
UFC 249 was originally meant to be headlined between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Due to travel restrictions between Russia and The United States, Nurmagomedov was ruled out of being on the card.
Before the card was cancelled, Justin Gaethje was billed as the new opponent for Ferguson.
On Wednesday, news broke that the co-main event between Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade had also been taken off the card. It was announced Thursday afternoon that this was because Namajunas had recently lost two family members due to COVID-19.
In the interview, White also noted that he plans to help fighters.
“I’m going to make things right with the people who were willing to step up and fight next weekend,” said White. He went on to say he will not lay off any employees.