The measure comes as New York grapples with the burgeoning coronavirus crisis which has impacted the sporting landscape across the globe, and led to the postponement of most major sporting leagues in the United States.

It almost certainly spells disaster for the upcoming lightweight title match between Khabib and Ferguson at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, potentially forcing the UFC to either postpone the event entirely or move it to an alternate venue.

The UFC have yet to make a formal statement related to the pandemic but reports suggest they have made inroads into moving at least one event to their UFC Apex private facility in Las Vegas.

The situation is perhaps complicated by Khabib’s stance on refusing to fight in Las Vegas until he receives an apology for what he deemed to be unduly harsh punishments levied against him for his part in sparking the brawl which ensued following his October 2018 win against Conor McGregor. 

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