UFC 249 is scheduled to take place on April 18th, from a location yet to be announced. It was initially scheduled to be in Brooklyn with a main event of Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, but will now take place *somewhere* with a main event of Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje, thanks to Nurmagomedov flying back to Russia in March and being unable to leave thanks to the country shutting down its borders.
The event is also scheduled to take place on pay-per-view, meaning that if you want to watch one of the few sports events scheduled to happen in the coming weeks and months, you’re going to have to shell out $60, and that will be for a fight announced less than two weeks before the event itself. Given that the card itself isn’t particularly strong outside of the main event (at least, the card as it was announced weeks ago), it seems like the UFC and ESPN are just trying to take money from the pockets of fans at a time where many people have been laid off, furloughed, or had their hours and/or salaries cut. This fight card is the only game in town (again, if it happens, which I’m skeptical of) over the upcoming weeks, and it’s pretty shitty to make sports-starved fans pay extra for it.
What would make the most sense for both the UFC and ESPN is to put the event on ESPN, rather than on the ESPN+ PPV service.
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