UFC 249 showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson “may be offered by Belarus” as Dana White assesses “Plan B” to organize a fight in Eastern Europe on April 18
- UFC 249 still scheduled for April 18 despite coronavirus
- The main event was to see Khabib Nurmagomedov fight Tony Ferguson
- The Russian seemed out of action while in detention in his country
UFC fans have received a glimmer of hope that the long-awaited confrontation between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will continue on April 18, with the fight possibly taking place in Belarus.
UFC President Dana White is doing everything he can to move UFC 249 forward despite the current coronavirus crisis.
Lightweight champion Nurmagomedov’s chances of competing seemed slim with the Russian locked out in his home country and the UFC actively seeking a new opponent for Ferguson.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (L) was scheduled to defend his title against Tony Ferguson (R) on April 18
However, the map could now be directed to Belarus, a country bordering Russia, and did not postpone sports events in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
There have so far been 562 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with eight deaths.
Belarusian Hand-to-Hand Combat Federation and MMA, Maxim Korolkov told Sport 24 in Russia: “We have offered specific arenas for the UFC. One of them is the Minsk Arena, which can seat 15,000 people.
The 15,000-seat Minsk Arena was donated to the UFC to host the à la carte event
“We have received an oral response [from the UFC]. First of all, we were thanked for the offer. Second, our proposal has been included as a conditional “Plan B”.
“They already have places for this tournament. Dana White doesn’t want to report it, but they do have well-developed options.
“In any case, they are grateful and ready to consider our option with Minsk for future UFC tournaments. “
Undefeated lightweight champion Nurmagomedov is currently locked out in Russia