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UFC cancels next three shows due to Corona virus

UFC boss Dana White confident Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson will happen

With the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, things have gotten serious. As the situation gets more dire the UFC now cancels the next three coming events in a recent move, announced by employees. The fights themselves will be postponed until a still undisclosed time and place.

After several intense days of planning, trying to salvage this weekend’s planned main event, UFC employee Michael Carroll informed MMA fans on Twitter about the postponing of the next three UFC events; UFC London, UFC Portland and UFC Columbus. The information was sent out to UFC employees directly from UFC president Dana White.

“This weekend’s UFC event, as well as 3/28 and 4/11, have been indefinitely postponed per an email from Dana White to all UFC employees,” Carroll wrote.


This has raised concern that the much-anticipated lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, scheduled for April 18th in Brooklyn, wont happen. Despite this, White maintains that the fight will happen, though most likely outside of the United States.

“We’re postponing the next three events, but Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib (on) April 18 is still on,” White said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “That will still happen.

“We’re going to follow these guidelines to not have more than 10 people in a room,” White said. “We’re hoping this all clears up by April. This fight is going to happen. No crowd – whatever it takes. It probably won’t even be in the United States, but this fight is going to happen.”

Cage Warriors have managed to salvage two of the bouts that were previously scheduled for UFC London. The bouts will be official UFC bouts, taking place inside of the Cage Warriors promotion and cage.

UFC London would have featured a welterweight title bout between Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards. UFC Portland and UFC Columbus both featured heavyweight main events with Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris and Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik respectively.

It has bee a tumultuous time for the UFC and the world overall. As of now it is important to follow health guidelines and put the greater good above all.

How do you think UFC 249 will go down as the UFC cancels the next three events?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for