Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov told Russia's RBC Sports (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting) UFC 249 might take place in the United Arab Emirates amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen global sporting events cancelled or postponed, but UFC President White has said he's determined for Nurmagomedov's fight with Ferguson to go ahead.
White told ESPN's SportsCenter on Monday he's cancelled the UFC's next three events, but Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson will happen even if there's no audience present:
"Tony Ferguson versus Khabib Nurmagomedov is still on.
Obviously, the President just spoke to the country and basically said -- it started at [no more than] 50 people in a room, which made [Saturday's UFC Fight Night in Brasilia] difficult, but we complied, we took all fans out and made sure as few production people in the room as possible, we pulled it off last Saturday.