Not only is UFC 249 expected to take place on April 18, but there’s a possibly the card can become even bigger than it already is.
Today UFC President Dana White told ESPN that the UFC could make changes to fight card that currently consists of 13 fights.
The promotion was forced to postpone events due to the COVID-19 pandemic and White is now looking to add some of the fights from those cards to UFC 249.
“We’re trying to build the baddest card that’s ever been done in the history of the sports,” White told ESPN. “Some things are going to work and some things might not work out.”
One specific fight that White is pushing for is a heavyweight match up between Francis Ngannou (14-3) and Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-0). The two were supposed to headline the UFC’s fight night scheduled for this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
Ngannou has recently been tested for coronavirus and the test came back negative. Since Ngannou is medically fit, he’s hoping to fight at UFC 249. Rozenstruk’s manger Malki Kawa told ESPN that he has not spoken with the UFC about rescheduling the fight.
UFC 249 was originally booked for Brooklyn N.Y., but due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the UFC couldn’t hold the event there. The promotion still hasn’t announced a location for the event, but they are expected to make an announce in the upcoming days.
The card will be headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) and Tony Ferguson (25-3) in the most anticipated fight in UFC history.