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UFC 249 and the Possibility of Super Cards

Yesterday, UFC President Dana White confirmed that he has secured a location to host UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson. Today, White expressed his wish to build the event around “the baddest card that’s ever been done.”

Heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou joined White on Instagram Live this morning to chat with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. Ngannou announced that the UFC “has tested him for COVID-19” and that he may fight on the UFC 249 card.

If all of Dana’s wishes unfold as planned, the UFC will have a historic closed-door mega event next month.

UFC 249 on April 18th could be the beginning of a “super card” trend in the mixed martial arts world. The following three UFC cards have been canceled so far as result of the coronavirus:

  • UFC Fight Night 171: Woodley vs. Edwards

Notable Fights:

Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards

Danny Roberts vs. Nicholas Dalby

Jack Marshman vs. Kevin Holland

Darren Stewart vs. Marvin Vettori

  • UFC On ESPN: Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik

Notable Fights:

Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Matt Brown vs. Miguel Baeza

Sam Alvey vs. Khalil Rountree

Cody Stamann vs. Raoni Barcelos

  • UFC Fight Night 172: Overeem vs. Harris

Notable Fights:

Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris

Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan

Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson

Vincente Luque vs. Randy Brown

Most, if not all of the fights listed above will be rescheduled and put on future cards, making for more “super cards”. As it stands today, the UFC is the only major sport that is active for the foreseeable future.

If UFC 249 is successful next month, expect more “super cards” in the coming months.

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