UFC President Dana White announced the news on Twitter Monday.
The fight is signed and is 100% LIVE on ESPN somewhere on EARTH !!!! ?@TonyFergusonXT against @Justin_Gaethje is LIVE @espn+ PPV on April 18 for the light intermediate belt! pic.twitter.com/aH44zg5K30
– danawhite (@danawhite) April 6, 2020
Ferguson was originally scheduled to face UFC light champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at the main event for UFC 249. Unfortunately travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic have forced Nurmagomedov to go into hiding in his native Russia. This development marked the fifth time a shortage of reservations between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson.
That said, the UFC successfully completed its mission to keep Ferguson on the map, having convinced Gaethje – who shares management with Nurmagomedov – to intervene with less than two weeks’ notice.
We still don’t know where this fight between Ferguson and Gaethje will take place. UFC 249 was originally scheduled to descend to Brooklyn, New York. This became an impossibility weeks ago, however, when the state shut down to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Although the location of the card is still a mystery, a recent ESPN report suggests that it is likely to descend somewhere on the west coast, potentially on tribal land, outside the jurisdiction of the sports commissions. State. Either way, this Gaethje vs. Ferguson fight will no doubt take place in an empty, fanless place.
Ferguson will begin this fight on an absurd winning streak of 12 fights. Gaethje, meanwhile, has won his last three games, all by knockout.
Do you like the choice of the UFC to risk a rescheduled fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov by pitting Ferguson against Gaethje? Who do you think will win? Let’s hear it in the comments section, fight the fans.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.com 06/04/2020.