Is UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson Still Happening?

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Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images. Pictured: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dana White, Tony Ferguson

While most sports and leagues remain shut down around the world, UFC president Dana White remains confident that the world’s biggest MMA promotion will be able to go ahead with UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson on Saturday, April 18th, albeit without any fans.

The card was originally planned for The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but has been moved due to the Coronavirus. White has indicated in a few different interviews that MMA’s flagship promotion will host the card, though the exact whereabouts and logistics are still to be determined.

White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that he expects the card to feature a full slate of fights and that the location is “99.9% done,” and said, during an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, that the event will be behind closed doors.

Nurmagomedov (28-0, 12-0 UFC) is a -275 favorite over Ferguson at DraftKings as of March 24. Other fights included on the UFC 249 card include Henry Cejudo vs. Jose Aldo, Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade and Jacare Souza vs. Uriah Hall.

The UFC has canceled all events up to UFC 249.

For more information on the ever-changing sports calendar, check out our updated tracker here.

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