As each day passes it seems there are new updates on the UFC 249 PPV event scheduled for April 18, and Wednesday offered up more news thanks to UFC President Dana White. Joining an Instagram video chat hosted by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and said there are changes coming to UFC 249 as the UFC looks to make it the “baddest” fight card ever.
During his conversation with Okamoto, White revealed that the UFC is working to try and add some of the fights that have been postponed onto the UFC 249 card.
“We’re trying to build the baddest card that’s ever been done in the history of the sport. Some of the things are going to work out and some of the things might not work out. We’re trying to figure out if [some things] don’t work out, what we do.”-Dana White to ESPN
Currently, there has been no official word on any changes to the fight card or a location for the event after the NYSAC shut down the original plans for it to be hosted at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. There have been rumors that Florida could be a destination for the event to take place, but Dana White said he has multiple options on the table.
UFC 249 is set to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and top contender Tony Ferguson who is currently riding a 12-fight winning streak. There were three fight cards postponed by the UFC due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their main events could be in play to be rebooked onto UFC 249.
The main events that were postponed: a welterweight fight between Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards, a heavyweight matchup between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and another heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the UFC to make changes, it appears they’re looking to go all-in on their UFC 249 PPV event.