UFC confirms Khabib title fight will happen in April, no word on location

Russian UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov gestures to the crowd during an open training session at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Fighters Dustin Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov will face each other in UFC 242, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Abu Dhabi. (Jon Gambrell/AP)

The UFC has confirmed it is going ahead with its Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson title fight in April.

UFC 249 was originally scheduled for April 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The mixed martial arts promotion says the lightweight fight will be moved elsewhere in accordance with guidance issued by the New York State Athletic Commission and state restrictions on large public gatherings.

The UFC says location and venue for the 155-pound showdown will be announced later.

UFC fight cards in London, Portland, Ore., and Columbus, Ohio, have been postponed in recent days. A show in Brazil last weekend was staged behind closed doors.

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