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Pros react to UFC 249 postponement - ‘For ESPN to shut it down is a shame’

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Earlier today (Thurs., April 9, 2020) Disney and ESPN executives made the call to pull the plug on UFC 249, which was set to go down inside Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, Calif., on April 18, 2020.

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 be rescheduled for 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 because of 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.