The first rule of UFC 249 is you do not talk about where UFC 249 will be.
UFC president Dana White said he found a place to hold UFC 249 as scheduled on April 18, despite the coronavirus crisis postponing all other sports indefinitely, but he is not yet willing to say where the event, headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, will be.
“I do (know where it is). But I’m not ready to tell you yet,” White said on an Instagram Live session Monday with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole. “I know lots of things.”
White told The Post’s George Willis last week that the fight was going to happen, but outside of New York, and White said on “SportsCenter” that the fight was likely to take place outside of the United States. White said Monday it will still be broadcast on ESPN+ PPV.
“There aren’t going to be any fans there,” White said. “This thing is going to be a closed event. Everybody who is going to be involved in this thing is going to be involved because they want to be involved.”
The event was originally supposed to be held at Barclays Center, but the spread of COVID-19 made that impossible as the CDC recommended an eight-week ban of gatherings involving 50-plus people.
UFC was forced to postpone three fights due to the coronavirus outbreak, but White is planning on Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson for the lightweight title marking the comeback.