For the first time in the organization’s history, UFC was forced to cancel three of its events.
It has been a tough year for sports fans! 2020 has started with one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, Kobe Bryant passing away in an airplane accident with his daughter Gigi and 7 other passengers on board. Then, the outbreak of COVID-19 was expected to move some games a week ahead, then a month ahead. Then, major football leagues, Seria A and La Liga decided to cancel all its matches until further notice. NBA, NCAA, ATP and others soon followed. The biggest sporting event in four years- The Olympics in Tokyo was postponed.
So, what could have been expected for the UFC 249 beside a cancellation? UFC president Dana White, however, was having none of it! A few days ago Dana let the media know he has found a location and that the event featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will be held!
In addition, UFC’s president revealed he has plans to build the card up even more by adding a monster bout between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik!
UFC 249 was supposed to be held in Brooklyn, but was scrapped due to restrictions by the State of New York and the United States in general.
“We’re building a card where people can still maneuver and still get in. We’re trying to build the baddest card that’s ever been done in the history of the sport. Some of the things are going to work out, and some of the things might not work out. We’re trying to figure out if they don’t, what do we do? … Actually, Francis is one of the guys we’re looking at, too. Yes, yes, yes (against Rozenstruik).”Dana White on ESPN MMA with Brett Okamoto
Ngannou stated that he was already tested for the coronavirus and is awaiting news from the UFC, while his opponenent is currently in Florida preparing for the biggest challenge of his career!
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