A global pandemic is the biggest obstacle the UFC has ever had to face, but if anyone can keep the show going during a worldwide quarantine, it’s UFC president Dana White.
That’s according to former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who believes that, despite all the obstacles in his path, White will fix UFC 249 in time for April 18.
“I may be the only guy that wants this more than Dana White,” Cormier told MMA Fighting in a recent interview. “I might be the only guy that wants this more than Dana.
“I do believe he’ll get UFC 249 done. I don’t doubt him. I don’t doubt Dana. When he usually sets his mind to something, he gets it accomplished. He talked about FOX and ESPN and all those things back in the day and people thought he was insane. But then on Saturday we got 12 hours straight of UFC on ESPN. That never was a thought for us back in the day when we were watching this thing as it was starting to grow. I think his will and his passion has really guided this sport to places we never thought we’d be.”
While ‘DC’ is confident that White will resolve UFC 249 in time for Khabib vs. Ferguson, the former Olympic wrestler isn’t so sure his boss will be able to maintain the UFC’s full fight schedule for the rest of the year.
“I believe UFC 249 will happen and I rarely disagree with what Dana says — I don’t know how he’s going to continue the full fight schedule after that,” Cormier said. “A one off, I think is easier to pull off because it’s so massive.
“I don’t know how difficult it’s going to be to do UFC Oklahoma City and UFC San Diego and UFC Portland. I don’t know how that looks opposed to UFC 249, one of the biggest cards of the year.”
Speaking of the highly anticipated Khabib-Ferguson matchup, Cormier believes it has all the makings of an instant classic.
“I’ve known Khabib for years. I know how much this particular fight means to him,” Cormier said of his longtime friend and teammate. “He wants to fight Tony Ferguson. He wants to beat Tony Ferguson. I feel like he’s been preparing himself as well as he ever has in order to go accomplish that goal. Not only Khabib, but I’m sure Tony feels the same way.
“Dude has been waiting for years to get his hands on Khabib. What’s Tony won in a row now? 12 fights? It’s insane. The UFC put something up there the other day with Khabib’s last 12 opponents and Tony’s last 12 opponents. That’s absurd to have guys that high on the collision course to fight each other. Through all the fight rescheduling, all the postponements, nobody else has been able to beat or compete with these dudes. That tells you how ahead of everyone else that they are.”
UFC 249 is currently without a venue or location but the blockbuster pay-per-view is still expected to take place on April 18. Expect an official announcement in the coming days.