Meanwhile, the real Helwani reported the same day that the UFC are close to finalizing a location for the event, which has been hit hard by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

According to ESPN, UFC 249 will now be held on the US West Coast, potentially on tribal lands which are not subject to state athletic commission regulations.

Lightweight champ Khabib is likely to be replaced in the main event by 155lbs contender Justin Gaethje, who shares the same manager as the Russian in Ali Abdelaziz.

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