It is Sunday morning on March twenty ninth and at this second UFC 249 Khabib vs. Ferguson is nonetheless going in advance on May 9th, in accordance to UFC president Dana White. There’s a truthful quantity of logistical problems he’ll have to overcome to really pull the tournament off. Governors are declaring a State of Emergency in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, and strict quarantine protocols may additionally be in location with the aid of the time mid-April arrives.
I was worried about this fight too… but I will get this done #UFC249 @TeamKhabib @TonyFergusonXT pic.twitter.com/JnDOdvrMlr— Dana White (@danawhite) March 24, 2020
There’s additionally the problem of getting Khabib Nurmagomedov into the United States if that’s the place the combat is being held. If the card is moved to Abu Dhabi or someplace equally remote, how do they get Tony Ferguson and their team of workers there?
Russia has introduced a shutdown of its borders set to go into impact on March 30th. We think about journey restrictions will solely enlarge in the coming weeks. Even with White’s steady assurances, matters seem to be shaky at best.
But if there’s one factor the UFC can depend on even in the most hard of times, it’s that Donald Cerrone is reachable to combat ought to they want him. “Cowboy” made the provide specific in an Instagram submit formerly this week.
”155/170 I’ll be ready on the Call!” Cerrone wrote.
We closing noticed “Cowboy” again in January at UFC 246 the place Conor McGregor smashed him in a first-round blitz. That’s three losses in a row to the pinnacle three guys underneath Khabib at lightweight, but an emergency reserving may want to get Donald proper returned into the mix.
Fighting at light-weight should function “Cowboy” to step into the important match in opposition to Khabib or Ferguson ought to COVID-19 associated troubles pressure one off the card. There’s additionally a inclined dance associate for him at welterweight: Gilbert Burns is sparkling off his first-round TKO win over Demian Maia and itching to get returned into the cage as quickly as possible.
Burns used to be searching like the UFC’s pinnacle preference to step in and battle Tyron Woodley on March twenty first earlier than that total tournament received scrapped. White is nevertheless speakme about stacking UFC 249 with as many of the massive fights from different canceled playing cards as possible, so it’s uncertain whether or not they’d want Cerrone or Burns to step up. But given the inherent concern in getting absolutely everyone somewhere proper now, we’re positive the massive boss appreciates having some backup preferences at the ready.