His first reaction was an expletive. "Don't worry about the financial part of this.

On Monday, White told ESPN he had secured a location in the U.S. to host weekly fights for at least the next two months. We'll get this thing squared away, get a date from ESPN, and we'll be back first and we'll get these fights going that everybody wants to see.". ESPN has a five-year contract as the exclusive home of UFC fights on its networks and pay-per-view services. Sign up for our newsletter and get every update delivered to your inbox!

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Nobody wants to see sports return more than we do, but we didn't feel this was the right time for a variety of reasons. "We'll be the first ones back. (2:26). UFC president Dana White tells Brett Okamoto that UFC 249 will not happen as previously scheduled.

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"It's been a battle since day one," White said of the card.

Before UFC 249 was called off, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., released a statement Thursday saying she was "concerned" about the event taking place at the casino. ", In a statement, ESPN said it "has been in constant contact with the UFC regarding UFC 249.

Despite being canceled earlier this month, it appears UFC 249 is back on.

I gotta keep the faith," Ferguson told the Register. In addition to the U.S. site, White said earlier this week that he had secured a private island, where he could conceivably book fights for international athletes who can't get into the United States. Laura Sanko pays tribute to colleagues as the show gets back on the road for UFC 249. Conor McGregor Denies Sexual-Assault, Indecent-Exposure Accusations, UFC 252 Picks: Searching For Value In Daniel Cormier Vs. Stipe Miocic, Abington, Mass. Dana White: UFC 249 is not happening (2:26).

It’s been a long and difficult road to get UFC 249 up and running after the coronavirus outbreak caused the promotion to change plans on multiple occasions. Fight Coverage 5 months ago. Thanks for signing up. The UFC was forced to postpone three events, on March 21, March 28 and April 11, because of the coronavirus.

A likely heavyweight title eliminator between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik also was on the 12-fight card.

"I gotta keep this ... (expletive) ... keep this small circle close, bro, and just keep focusing on what we can control, which is our heart rate and our breathing.". We're going to get through this," he said.

"We've been fighting nonstop all day and all night, since this pandemic started, to put on this event on April 18. UFC 249 was scheduled to air on ESPN+.

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Please check your email for a confirmation. "This event would involve dozens of individuals flying to California and driving to a casino for a purpose no one can honestly claim is essential," Feinstein said in her statement.

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And let me tell you this: When the world gets back to normal, California, that [fight] will be at Tachi Palace.". The UFC may be back sooner than anticipated. White said ESPN told him it didn't want him to do the fight, but he called the partnership strong and said he'll look forward to putting his next fight on the network. "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 [next] Saturday," White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Thursday. "I understand this event is scheduled to take place on tribal land and therefore is not subject to state law. White said ESPN told him it … "I can go next week," White said. The casino also did not have to follow an executive "stay at home" order by the state. "So whenever my partner gives me the thumbs-up that they're ready to go, I'm ready to go. He told ESPN on Thursday that he was "ready to go" at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, California -- near Fresno. After California canceled combat sporting events through May, UFC president Dana White reportedly attempted to secure the Tachi Palace Casino Resort, located on tribal land in Lemoore, Calif., but the event was called off after White was told to “stand down” by ESPN and Disney executives. "All of my fighters that are under contract with me, I want them to feel safe, take time with your families and enjoy this time," White said Thursday. However, at best this event ties up medical resources and sends a message that shelter-in-place orders can be flouted.

However, Nurmagomedov was removed from the event when it became clear he would have trouble leaving his native Dagestan and reentering the U.S., where he had held some of his camp.

UFC 249 will not proceed on April 18 despite UFC president Dana White's efforts to move forward with the pay-per-view event. Let's be real.

The event, now scheduled for Saturday, May 9, will take place somewhere in Florida, multiple sources told MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck. "I'm sure it's for a good reason. The event was first scheduled for April 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y., but restrictions forced it to change locations. Fight Island is coming, all the good stuff. UFC backstage reporter Laura Sanko says she has every confidence that … UFC 249 was supposed to feature undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov against Ferguson. White said he will bring a big fight to the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in the future.

All other UFC events also have been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The co-main event between former UFC women's strawweight champion Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade already had been called off after Namajunas withdrew due to two coronavirus-related deaths in her family, her agent said. "And I'm gonna take care of as many people as I possibly can and do whatever it takes to make these guys all feel comfortable.". Brian Ortega says fight fans should expect some future rounds between himself, Alexander Volkanovski, and Max Holloway.

UFC 249 off for April 18; all other events ppd. Tony Ferguson takes on Justin Gaethje still are scheduled to battle it out for the interim lightweight title, while Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz will duke it out for the bantamweight champion.

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