Khabib Nurmagomedov says his fight against Ferguson is under doubt

Ross Houston
March 30, 2020

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he is stranded in Russian Federation and has admitted that the UFC 249 event he was set to appear in could go ahead without him. So I have four or five locations right now and we're just getting this deal done.

It was previously reported that UFC 249 could be held in the UAE.

"I guess someone's gonna commentate it; it's not gonna be me, and they're gonna be duking it out in an empty place".

The UFC president says the priority of his fighters and staff is paramount yet he is willing to load many of them on flights and jet off to whatever country is happy for this event to take placed in a closed-door capacity.

"I'm gonna try and pull off Tony vs. Khabib on April 18 and try to get some normalcy back in this country", White stated.

"So now I am hearing that they are looking to organize it with or without me".


"They're talking about doing it in a place with less than 10 people, just an open arena".

The UFC also hosted an event in Brazil to an empty stadium on March 14, as many other sporting codes and leagues around the world began to shut down. Moreover, he asked questions about the planned event that probably need to be answered. However, when he went to Emirates he learned that they are going to close borders. Rogan said. "You're going to have to test everybody".

"What do you expect them to say?" What if they have it, and they're like Idris Elba, and they have no symptoms, but they've got the corona? Or what if Tony has the corona?

"The UFC told me that this fight 100% isn't happening in the U.S., and even if it's not happening in the Emirates it will happen on this side of Atlantic".

In fact, per that same report, light heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev was set to rematch Ion Cutelaba on the main card but now finds his fight in jeopardy due to the new travel sanctions.

"What happens when flu season comes again next year?"


Sure, other people wouldn't even be inside the batter's box right about now, but here is White digging his heels into the dirt and swinging away nonetheless.

"Everybody is running and hiding. If you don't, don't".

Following that event, the UFC elected to cancel the following three fight cards.

Even though much of the United States has shelter in place orders or is at least urging extremely restricted movement, White has continued to work on keeping Khabib vs. Ferguson intact to one degree or another. Tony Ferguson for the UFC lightweight belt.

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