MMA Fighters React To UFC 249 Getting Postponed
After weeks of attempting to keep it all together, UFC 249 is officially postponed. The company announced that several events have also been taken off of the calendar in the wake of the coronavirus.
It was a long journey to get to this point. The UFC had to work around UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov backing out of the event to quarantine. His fight with Tony Ferguson was postponed again, forcing Justin Gaethje to take his spot. UFC President Dana White stated that the event would take place in an undisclosed location (Tachi Palace, a Native American casino in Lemoore, California). U.S. Senator of California Diane Feinstein was one of several entities that sent out a notice condemning the idea of the event. Eventually, ESPN and Disney came in and made a decision.
Several fighters were scheduled at the last minute for the event. New fights were also being planned for future card. Fighters took to social media to share their thoughts and reactions to the recent news. You can check them out below:
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) April 9, 2020
— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) April 9, 2020
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) April 9, 2020
Sad for the fighters and fans who got their hopes up for this. But maybe it’s best to give this virus more time to blow over.
It’s probably bitter-sweet for many of the workers and fighters scheduled to scrap.
We all want to make money, but we want to protect our families too. https://t.co/zSg0KSWoy2
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 9, 2020
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 9, 2020
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) April 9, 2020
— Jairzinho 'BIGI BOY' Rozenstruik (@JairRozenstruik) April 9, 2020
Disney still Undefeated 🤣🤣🤣🤣 !!!! I hope you bought some #buydis
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) April 9, 2020
So can I eat pizza now?! https://t.co/HYYb242Rrt
— Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) April 9, 2020
— Max Griffin (@MaxPainGriffin) April 9, 2020
FIGHT ISLAND!!!! https://t.co/7mEP5e7dnr
— FIGHT ISLAND (@Benaskren) April 9, 2020
Looking forward to the day it’s safe to do our live events again. I miss working so much but until then, let’s do the best we can for ourselves, our loved ones and those in our communities 🙏🏼❤️👊🏼
— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) April 9, 2020
All fighters: time to fuckin eat 🍩
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) April 9, 2020
— Gillian Robertson (@savage_ufc) April 9, 2020
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) April 9, 2020
Being someone who was signed to fight in May: trying to diet down and prepare to possibly fight, while being on lockdown, and not having access to my normal training has definitely been hard.
I appreciate Dana and the UFC for how hard they’ve worked to try and make it happen. https://t.co/O9W4zFH83R
— Chase Hooper (@chase_hooper) April 9, 2020
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) April 9, 2020