Pros React To UFC Postponement

MMA: UFC 246-McGregor vs Cerrone

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Earlier today (Thurs., April 9) the higher-ups at Disney and ESPN made the call to pull the plug on UFC 249, which was set to go down inside Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, California.

Set to feature an interim title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, the bout— as well as the rest of the promotion’s slate of events — will likely be rescheduled later this year. Naturally, mixed martial arts (MMA) pros took to social media to react to the news that likely didn’t come to a surprise to many.

The delay could possibly give Khabib Nurmagomedov the time he needs to slide back in as the rightful headliner of the card after he was forced to bow out due to travel restrictions; however, the deeply religious champion has admitted that he would not be ready to return until August because of Ramadan.

Furthermore, UFC president Dana White added that UFC 249 is only going to be postponed until he gets his fight island up and running in a few months.