Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson will be behind closed doors, says Dana White

"On April 18, we are having this fight"

Wednesday 25 March 2020 08:08, UK

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Khabib Nurmagomedov believes he needs to beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 to cement his lightweight legacy

UFC boss Dana White says the blockbuster fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will happen behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The UFC 249 event had originally been set for Saturday, April 18 in Brooklyn, however the pandemic has forced president White to consider other options.

He has now also confirmed that he is 99.9 per cent certain on a new venue for the hotly-anticipated lightweight title bout.

"I do (know where it is)," White said. "But I'm not ready to tell you yet. I know lots of things. There's not going to be any fans there. It's going to be a closed event."

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Khabib Nurmagomedov believes he needs to beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 to cement his lightweight legacy

White added: "Trust me, Khabib has been telling me every day, 'Send location'. I have it. It's 99.9 per cent. On April 18, we are having this fight."

UFC 249 is also expected to feature a full card, which White has defended despite the postponement of many sporting events around the world.

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Image: Dana White says he has found a venue for the big lightweight title fight

"Everybody who is going to be involved in this thing is going to be because they want to be, not because they have to be or they have to do anything," White said. "Believe me: We didn't just start thinking about safety when the coronavirus popped up.

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"Health and safety, these are things that normal businesses that are out there right now don't necessarily have to think about on a daily basis. Healthy and safety is something we've been doing long before the coronavirus and we'll be doing it long after the coronavirus is gone. This is just normal for us."