The televised card, which featured Canadians John (The Bull Makdessi) and Randa (Quiet Storm) Markos, was held behind closed doors in the capital of Brasilia following a local decree suspending all events with more than 100 people in the attendance.
"So the bottom line is, that fight is happening, and that main event will go on".
White also stated that future events can be moved from other cities and countries to the UFC APEX arena in Las Vegas if need be.
Had White gotten the message?
White, though, is looking for a new location and venue for Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson with NY and Nevada out of the running.
The UFC doesn't have fans in the stands in Brazil and they won't be Las Vegas either, but the competition will go on - and more importantly to the fighters, they'll get paid in a sport that usually provides no financial compensation to its combatants for their months of preparation and training unless a fight actually takes place.
"So the fight obviously can't continue in London but the fight will go on".
"That fight will happen", he affirmed. The fans are all freaking out about that - do not worry.
On Friday, a day out from UFC Brasilia, Dana White said he was in contact with the very highest office in the United States about the upcoming event, and more that were scheduled for March 21 and 28, and April 11 and 18. We have been working with the UFC on possible solutions to keep the fight alive, but unfortunately with such a short window of time, nothing was viable. ESPN's Ariel Helwani obtained an email the promotion has sent to managers and representatives in hopes of finding replacements to fill out the card, and that includes fighters not now under UFC contract.
"The only thing that's going to stop us is a complete government shutdown where everybody is confined to their homes".
The men's Division I championship, known as the March Madness, has been played every year since its inception in 1939. "And we always make sure that the cards happen, and they will continue to happen".
Fighters entered the Octagon without the usual hoo-hah because the arena was empty after the Brazilian government banned gatherings of more than 100 people.