UFC 249 Moved To Florida For May 9th

It seems like only days ago, UFC 249 was set to finally give us the most long-awaited match in MMA history, Khabib Nurmagomedov v Tony Ferguson, but sadly that was not to be. The blockbuster match up has been made and subsequently fallen apart on four separate occasions over the last few years and it turns out that the fifth time was not the charm as Khabib Nurmagomedov was unable to leave Russia due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic.

Originally, Dana White was adamant that UFC 249 needed to go ahead, even going so far as to cancel three events prior to this but confirm that the card headed up by Nurmagomedov v Ferguson was still going ahead at an undisclosed location. That all changed when Nurmagomedov announced that he was unable to make it to the fight and the urgency went away, the event could now be postponed or rescheduled without losing the most valuable part of the card, as it was already lost.

MMA Fighting was able to confirm from multiple sources that fighters are flying into Jacksonville, Florida before competing at the event although the actual location is still undisclosed. The fight card is still far from complete and below are the fights proposed so far:

UFC 249 Proposed Fights

Henry Cejudo v Dominick Cruz (Bantamweight Championship Fight)
Amanda Nunes v Felicia Spencer (Women’s Bantamweight Championship Fight)
Tony Ferguson v Justin Gaethje (Interim Lightweight Championship Fight)
Alexey Oleynik v Fabricio Werdum

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Alex Lindsey

Alex Lindsey is the managing editor here at Grappling Insider. Originally starting training in MMA in 2008, injuries and university slowed progress until he decided to put on a gi for the first time back in 2015. Residing in Newport, South Wales, he trains at Newport MMA and competes as much as possible but still prefers no gi.

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