Dana White discusses where UFC 249 will take place, scrutinizes coronavirus response

Ruben Hill
March 27, 2020

White, however, denied a report claiming the UFC would begin laying off a number of employees due to coronavirus. "We always f--ing do". You have to give the rematch to Conor, ' he explained. "It's not gonna happen!" While nearly every major sports league has cancelled their ongoing and upcoming events, Dana White has promised to host UFC 249 on the scheduled date of April 18 under any circumstances.

Of course the intention is to still have the main event be one of the biggest fights of the year as Khabib Nurmagomedov attempts to defend his lightweight title against Tony Ferguson, but it's not clear whether other fights that were already assigned to the pay-per-view portion of the card like Jessica Andrade vs.

"They're so organized that in three days, they changed the whole thing - no ceremonial weigh-ins, no media day, no media in the arena - so I think they can do it the way they did it (in Brasilia)".

The Brazilian welterweight contender supports Dana White's plans and efforts to continue the UFC's fight schedule despite the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. Burns (17-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) recently defeated Demian Maia at UFC on ESPN+ 28 - the last event UFC hosted before canceling the following three due to the current pandemic.

White specifically mentioned a heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou (14-3) and Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-0), which was supposed to headline UFC Fight Night this weekend in Columbus, as a potential addition to the UFC 249 lineup. "Let me just put it to you this way: A lot of this hysteria has been driven by the media". I'm 100 percent sure Dana White is going to take care of that and test everybody and make sure everyone is safe. I'm not giving the public and the media all kinds of information on what I'm doing, but I'm not acting like some insane rebel out here with the coronavirus. Perhaps, he's even more insistent upon it in the face of a global pandemic. I'm not telling them anything, ok?

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