Major sports leagues and organisations across the world are suspending matches and events, or banning live audiences, amid global escalation of the coronavirus, and the UFC is no different.

There had been fears the UFC would cancel upcoming events including the highly anticipated showdown between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson in Brooklyn on April 18.

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But UFC president Dana White revealed he spoke directly with US president Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence, who advised him to “stop panicking”.

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