It’s been a wild ride in the world of sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world of MMA is no stranger to controversy. Longtime UFC president Dana White had originally debuted plans to buy a private island to host UFC 249, where Tony Ferguson was set to fight Justin Gaethje instead of the highly anticipated match against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
To begin, I absolutely hated this idea. First off, if we can’t get Ferguson-Nurmagomedov then I don’t want a fight. Would Ferguson-Gaethje have been a good fight? Yes! However, that is not the “fight to make.”
Secondly, how was the UFC expecting to pull off this insane feat? There were way too many moving parts in this equation for it to equalize.
I, possibly individually, am extremely happy to hear the UFC has officially canceled UFC 249. I know we are desperate for sports action right now, but it is not the time just yet. Put these events on hold for the time being and open up new camps once this pandemic is on the turn-around.
As for the fighters, they should be compensated by the UFC. Not all of them make a ton of money and the UFC, an organization that has funds to spare seeing as there were plans to buy an entire island, should fully compensate them for being in camp and in fighting shape.
Let’s hope all the fighters and employees of the organization are remaining healthy enough to provide us with the real championship bout we deserve in due time.