- Promotion says card won’t happen on 18 April as scheduled
- Disney and ESPN stepped in, asking for Dana White to cancel
- UFC defiance of Covid-19 outbreak is reckless, irresponsible
UFC 249 has been canceled after ESPN and parent company Disney stopped UFC president Dana White’s plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
After defiantly vowing for weeks to maintain a regular schedule of fights, White announced the decision to cease competition Thursday on ESPN, the UFC’s broadcast partner in a reported $1.5bn deal.