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Dana White: April's UFC 249 location is '99.9% done'


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UFC president Dana White promised that UFC 249 would happen despite the coronavirus pandemic and it appears he is .01% away from making that happen. 

In an Instagram chat with Yahoo's Kevin Iole Monday and confirmed again with ESPN's Brett Okamoto, White says that a location for the April 18th pay-per-view is "99.9% done" and will also feature a full undercard but with no fans in attendance.

White told Iole, "I do (know where it is), but I’m not ready to tell you yet. I know lots of things."

The show is set to be headlined by UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. no. 1 contender Tony Ferguson in the company's fifth attempt to make the fight through the years. The champion is currently training in Russia while the challenger is still in the U.S.

While the UFC did have a full slate of fights scheduled before the pandemic, the question of where the show will take place if it does happen could determine how many of those originally scheduled fights actually take place, especially if those fighters don't want to risk the travel or if travel bans remain in their countries of origin.

The co-main event features two former strawweight champions rematching in Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade, Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar, Uriah Hall vs. Jacare Souza, Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Hernandez, and more.

White told Iole that any fighter or staffer who doesn't feel comfortable with being part of the show doesn't have to be.

The show was originally slated for Brooklyn, NY, but cannot be held there due to the state ban on large gatherings due to the pandemic.