The highly-anticipated showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson has been cancelled for the fifth time. However, ‘The Eagle’ is still ready to fight on April 18 if Dana White is able to provide him the location for the fight.
With COVID-19 outbreak infecting over 200,000 people in the US, the originally slated UFC 249 has been moved from New York. Although UFC is still in active search for a replacement opponent for Tony Ferguson. The UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov took to social media to announce his withdrawal.
After Nurmagomedov’s withdrawal, Tony Ferguson blasted the champion and called for him to get stripped. But the lightweight champion said that he is willing to leave Dagestan if the UFC is able to provide him location right away.
“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)
Khabib decided to pull out a long time ago – Tony Ferguson
Former interim champion Tony Ferguson said that Khabib had decided to pull out of the fight long tine ago. He also said that he is not willing to fight anyone else but Khabib and Conor McGregor.
“Khabib, I believe he knew already that he wasn’t going to fight. We scared him. He had the opportunity to come back from Abu Dhabi. He has the power to take a plane and come back. This is the second time we punked him out. I’ve been doing the exact same thing for 8 years. To and from work, going in there and busting my ass, making sure I’m taking care of business. Khabib’s a bitch. I told him I was gonna mop the fucking floor with his hat, the dude jammed out.
“Nobody else deserves that ass whooping (other than) two people: that’s McNuggets and Team Tiramisu. That is Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor,” Ferguson said.