UFC 249 canceled amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Vincent Frank

UFC head Dana White had some high hopes for the sport even with the United States currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. That included the UFC hosting weekly events on a private island until the pandemic passes.

It was not meant to be. White announced on Thursday that UFC 249, scheduled for next week, has been completely canceled. All future UFC events will also be postponed indefinitely.

UFC 249 was slated to be held in a California Native American resort next week. Pure conjecture here, but California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stand on live sports likely played a role here.

White also noted that Disney/ESPN told White to stand down.

We’ll have much more on this story as it develops. For now, one of the only live sports going on right now will not continue as planned.