UFC 249 has already sold DOUBLE the number of PPVs compared to last event as fans on lockdown rush to get live sport fix

DANA WHITE has claimed that UFC 249 is experiencing an “unbelievable pacing of buys” as sports fans desperately seek out their fix of live action.

The UFC president, 50, has even claimed that sales have already more than doubled that of UFC 248 back in March.

White has seen amazing interest from fans in UFC 249 as Ferguson and Gaethje face off
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In fact, it is believed by Yahoo Sport that by Thursday in overseas territories such as Australia and Canada, the event had already doubled the sales of UFC 244, 245, 247 and 248.

These cards had featured the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Nate Diaz, Amanda Nunes, Jon Jones and Zhang Weili – all traditionally big-selling stars for the promotion.

This popularity has come despite losing headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov, as well as Nunes.

The coronavirus pandemic ensured that there was no chance that these overseas-based fighters were ever going to travel to the US to compete.

The match up between Khabib’s replacement Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson has caught the imagination, however, with fans eager to see how the fight plays out.

UFC’s last event came on March 14, when Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira headlined a Fight Night behind closed doors in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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In the two months since, White has been desperate to get the show back on the road, for a long time insisting that UFC 249 would go ahead on its originally scheduled date of April 18 at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.

Eventually the seemingly inevitable happened and the event was postponed – but is all set to go ahead tonight at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville instead.

The initial postponement because of Covid-19 and the withdrawal of Khabib hasn’t been able to cancel this event – and nor has one of its fighters testing positive for the virus.

News emerged this morning that Ronaldo Souza, who had been due to fight Uriah Hall, had tested positive for coronavirus – as well as members of his team.

The Brazilian is asymptomatic, but the news spread concern that the event would be in jeopardy regardless as he had attended Friday’s press conference.

But for now, all still appears to remain on track.