UFC 249 is scheduled to take place on April 18 which is headlined by champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson for the lightweight title. Dana White still says that he’s making this event happen and it will be a closed-door show.
Given the global pandemic, Joe Rogan said he won’t show up as he stated on a recent episode of the “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.
“I guess someone’s going to commentate it – it’s not gonna be me,” “UFC is talking about putting on a fight on April 18. I don’t know how they’re gonna do that. I don’t know if they’re gonna be able to do that in the United States. They’re talking about doing it in a place with less than 10 people, just in an open arena,” “The thing is, how are they going to make sure nobody has it (COVID-19)? You’re going to have to test everybody. And if someone has it, do you let them fight? What if they have it, and they’re like Idris Elba, and they have no symptoms, but they’ve got the corona? What if Khabib has the corona? Or what if Tony has the corona? Does Khabib even fight him?”
All fight fans know that Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson is one of the most highly anticipated fights in UFC history. This bout has been canceled four times in the past. If it doesn’t happen this time around well than we should just move on because it jus might never happen. Rogan thinks that making this fight happen is somewhat out of desperation coming from Dana White. “This fight is so cursed. This is how Dana feels. This is why Dana’s trying so hard to make it happen, even if there’s only 10 people in the room.”
Stay tuned to FightBook MMA as we continue to cover this event to see if it unfolds. We will have the latest fight card and location.