Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is off for the fifth time…
The UFC lightweight champion, won’t defend his title at UFC 249, which is supposed to take place on April 18 in a location yet to be determined.
Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) announced on Instagram that he won’t be competing since he’s stuck in Russia during the coronavirus pandemic:
“Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight?”
“I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all. The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably. But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying? –
Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes”, wrote Khabib.
It’s uncertain if the UFC will try to continue to keep UFC 249 for April 18 now that Nurmagomedov is unable to compete.