The highly-anticipated showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson has been cancelled for the fifth time. The lightweight champion announced his withdrawal from the bout on social media and Dana White isn’t surprised by it.
With COVID-19 outbreak infecting over 200,000 people in the US, the originally slated UFC 249 was moved from New York. The UFC is still in active search for a replacement opponent for Tony Ferguson.
UFC president Dana White assured fans that he would try his best to make the mega-fight happen. In fact, he was very reassuring about the fight taking place in the wake of the coronavirus situation in the US.
However, Khabib Nurmagomedov got stuck in Russia after the travel restrictions were announced.
“Everyone knew he’s not fighting,” Dana White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports about Nurmagomedov pulling out of his April 18 bout against Tony Ferguson.
Khabib Nurmagomedov ready to fight at UFC 249 if Dana White sends location
Speaking with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the reigning lightweight champion said that he is willing to fight at UFC 249, if Dana White sends him location for the bout.
“Right now, if they give me location and I can come out from Russia and I can go to any country,” Nurmagomedov told Brett Okamoto of ESPN. “U.S., Abu Dhabi, doesn’t matter. I’m going to fight, 100 percent. Just give me location. Every day, I send Dana White a message. ‘Hey, where’s my location.’ This is not my mistake.”
“Too many crazy stuff, too many questions and I don’t have answer. I understand people are upset because this fight, this is like a dream fight for fans. This is my dream fight. I lose money, I lose so much money. Nobody lose like I lose. Nobody. I lose so much things. I want to fight.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)
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