The Barclays Center in New York was slated to host the event on April 18, although the city is one of the areas most affected by the Covid-19 virus in the United States.
However, the New York State Sports Commission has since banned the site from hosting the event, with a new location to be confirmed.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was to defend his lightweight UFC title against Tony Ferguson, but was forced to withdraw due to his blockage in his native Russia.
However, White insisted that UFC 249 go ahead, which earned him the end of the Arum language in response.
Arum told the CBSSports “State of Combat” podcast: “ [White] should be ashamed of himself.
“What is going on in this country and in the world with this virus, the last thing we need is for an event to take place without spectators just for the event to take place. “
“But the truth is, Dana White is someone with a flawed intelligence.
“The message should be to stay home and wait until it’s over. Do not spread the virus, control the virus and do what we can to staff these hospitals and take care of those who are hospitalized in intensive care. “
“Let’s all be grown-ups and big boys on this and stop the stands. It will end when it ends, and it will end faster if we all stay together and do what we are supposed to do, not go shouting chevrons that “I’m not ap **** and I’m going to fight. I do not care “. This is absolutely not the right message to send. ”
The significance of the event is difficult to justify given the current pandemic sweeping the globe.
Even more so without the main event of the evening.
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Nurmagomedov confirmed on his Instagram on Wednesday: “Staying at home in quarantine and reading people’s reaction to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine.
“The biggest countries and the biggest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably. But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you say? Take care of yourself and put yourself in my place. “
White would now have offered Justin Gaethje the opportunity to replace Nurmagomedov and fight Ferguson instead.