UFC president Dana White confirmed the news in an email to staffers today, saying that UFC Fight Night events set for March 21, March 28 and April 11 have been grounded after the White House’s advisory about limiting gatherings to 10 people or fewer. White noted, however, that the high-profile lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov remains on tap for April 18. “That will still happen,” White told ESPN in an interview today.
The events are the first that UFC has postponed or canceled as the sports world — and everyone else — reels amid the coronavirus pandemic. Its schedule has remained intact while the NBA and NHL suspended their regular seasons, the NCAA scrubbed its national championship basketball tournaments, Major League Baseball delayed its Opening Day and soccer bodies around the world scrapped matches.