Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson once again appears dead on arrival for UFC 249, Dana’s white whale of a pay-per-view (PPV) card set to (maybe) go down on April 18, 2020, from a location still to be announced. But as fast as the card is losing bouts, UFC is adding new ones ... or in this case, bouts from other canceled fight cards.
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik was originally set to headline a UFC Fight Night card in Columbus, Ohio, but is now on UFC 249 (details). And now another Heavyweight from that postponed Columbus card (see it) is teasing the idea that his fight may be taking place on April 18, 2020, as well. Yorgan De Castro’s latest social media post certainly implies he and former NFL player Greg Hardy have been confirmed for the card.
See you soon pic.twitter.com/r5tySHMSpM— Yorgan”the mad titan”Decastro (@DecastroYorgan) April 4, 2020
There sure is room for them to step in. We expect several fight changes and cancelations as the Coronavirus pandemic affects travel ability and fighter readiness. The most recent UFC 249 fight to fall apart: Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad, canceled because of an injury sustained by Good. We’ll see whether UFC can find a late replacement for Muhammad, but there’s no shortage of fights from other cards (or fighters in general, for that matter) to throw onto the card.
Now all UFC has to do is find a place where it’s legal to hold the fights, and then get all the participants there as safely as possible.