Dana White, UFC history, Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov set for UFC 223

Dana White on making Khabib vs Ferguson: “You want to bet against me?”

There has been plenty of uncertainty surrounding the UFC 249 main event lightweight title fight between champion Khbaib Nurmagomedov and challenger Tony Ferguson. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic happening worldwide, the UFC was forced to cancel their next three upcoming events, but the door has been left open for UFC 249 which is scheduled for April 18.

Both the NYSAC and UFC released a statement on Wednesday night acknowledging that due to the restrictions in place by the CDC, UFC 249 will not be happening in New York. There was no given update as to a new location for the event in the UFC’s statement, but UFC President Dana White isn’t going to let doubters get to him.

During an interview with Aaron Bronsteter of TSN, White was asked about the possibility of making the fight between Khabib and Ferguson happen, and he wasn’t willing to let the doubters get to him.

“Khabib and Tony is going to happen. We’re going to figure that out, we’re going to make it happen then it’s going to be a matter of how quickly back to being normal. We’re looking at a lot of different things. Listen, if you’re a fan, a media member, or whatever you might be, you want to bet against me? You want to bet that I can’t pull stuff off? I mean at some point, you stop doubting me I would imagine, but maybe not, so we’ll see.”

With the UFC having a strong relationship with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and making their home in Las Vegas, Nevada, White is confident that he’ll be able to pull off the fight, somehow, someway because of the resources he has.

“At some point in time, we’ll figure it all out. I have my own arena, I have my own production, I have everything, I have everything to put on my own events, so there isn’t much that I can’t pull off.”

Although there’s no telling what the UFC will ultimately end up doing for UFC 249, Dana White seems to have accepted the challenge from critics, and he’s set on making this fight happen.

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Mike Pendleton
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