Despite the defiantly wild efforts to have the fights take place as scheduled, UFC 249 has officially been called off. According to Dana White, he received a phone call asking that he cancel the April 18th bouts. Taking to social media, the UFC head honcho admitted, "I was ready to go on Saturday, but Disney and ESPN asked me to step down. I love and respect my partnership with them so I postponed the event." Earlier this week, White said he was exploring the possibility of hosting the matchups on a private island outside the authority of state government bans on sporting events.