UFC 249 will not be taking part at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the promotion has confirmed.
The event is no longer able to be held at the arena, as the New York State Athletic Commission has banned large gatherings for live events. In a statement released by the company earlier today, the UFC stated that, while they are still attempting to continue onwards with the show, it would not take place in New York.
“UFC is planning to move forward with UFC 249: KHABIB VS. FERGUSON in April,” read the statement. “The event will not take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as previously announced. The decision was made in accordance with guidance issued by the New York State Athletic Commission, as well as in accordance with restrictions by New York State limiting large public gatherings. Additional details, including location and venue, will be announced when confirmed. Barclays Center ticket holders may seek a full refund at the point of purchase. Internet and phone orders will be automatically cancelled and refunded. UFC looks forward to returning to Brooklyn at the earliest opportunity.”
UFC president Dana White has made it clear he fully intends on finding a venue for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson.