UFC president Dana White has claimed to have a new venue lined up for the proposed UFC 249 event on April 18th.
Despite all of the sporting world going into a defacto hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including three recent UFC events on the calendar, White has remained adamant that the PPV event will go ahead in some capacity.
Speaking on Monday to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, White reaffirmed his commitment to putting on the lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson but admitted that the event would be ‘behind closed doors’.
“I do (know where it is),” White said on Instagram Live. “But I’m not ready to tell you yet. I know lots of things… There’s not going to be any fans there. It’s going to be a closed event.”
White would also respond to criticism over his persistence to put on any sporting event due to the risks of COVID-19.
“Everybody who is going to be involved in this thing is going to be because they want to be, not because they have to be or they have to do anything,” White said. “Believe me: We didn’t just start thinking about safety when the coronavirus popped up. Health and safety, these are things that normal businesses that are out there right now don’t necessarily have to think about on a daily basis. Health and safety is something we’ve been doing long before the coronavirus and we’ll be doing it long after the coronavirus is gone. This is just normal (expletive) for us.”