Dana White ‘should be ashamed of himself’, says Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum

UFC president Dana White has come under fire from Tyson Fury's promoter Bob Arum for pressing ahead with UFC 249 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Barclays Center in New York was set to stage the event on April 18, despite the city being one of the areas worst-affected by the Covid-19 virus in the United States.

However the New York State Athletic Commission have since prohibited the venue from hosting the event, with a new location still to be confirmed.

Khabib Nurmagomedov was due to defend his UFC lightweight title against Tony Ferguson but has been forced to pull out due to him being stuck in lockdown in his native Russia.

Nevertheless White has insisted UFC 249 go ahead, earning him the sharp end of Arum's tongue in response.

Arum told CBSSports' 'State of Combat' podcast : "[White] ought to be ashamed of himself.

"What's going on in this country and the world with this virus, the last thing we need is for an event to take place with no spectators just to get the event to take place.

"But the truth is Dana White is somebody with a flawed intelligence.

"The message should be stay home and stand down until this is over. Let's not spread the virus, let's control the virus and do what we can to staff these hospitals and take care of people who go into intensive care.

"Let's all be big people and big boys about it and stop the grandstanding. This will end when it ends, and it will end quicker if we all stick together and do what we are supposed to do, not go and shout from the rafters that, 'I'm not a p**** and I'm going to put this fight on. I don't care'. That is absolutely the wrong message to send."

The event's importance is difficult to justify given the current pandemic sweeping the globe.

More so without the presence of the evening's main event.

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