Khabib Nurmagomedov for UFC 249: Any place, I don’t care

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UFC announced Monday that all events through April 11 are canceled. UFC 249 is scheduled for April 18. The main even is Khabib Nurmagomedov – Tony Ferguson and won’t be held at Barclays Center in New York, where it was originally slated.

The champ is ready to fight wherever they’ll be allowed, so long as he’s able to fight.

“Honestly I don’t care,” Nurmagomedov said on Instagram live chat hosted by his manager, Ali Abdelaziz. “It’s going to be good if fight happens in the U.S. because I am here already for like one-and-a-half month. I’ve been training, and from this day we have like 30 days before the fight. Almost one month, and it’s going to be very good if we fight here in the U.S. But if not, any place. Any place, I don’t care.”

Nurmagomedov knows that health is of the utmost importance.

“The most important thing is to be healthy,” Nurmagomedov said. “If we’re healthy, our family is healthy – this is the most important thing right now. We have to take care of ourselves. But if we’re healthy, OK, on this card, we have 13 fights. That’s 26 fighters and their corner. If they’re healthy and the UFC people who make show, like judges, athletic commission and everything – we need maximum 100 people inside the arena. Close the arena, 100 healthy people come inside and make the show. Put the camera, turn on pay-per-view, and all of us can make money. Everyone can fight.”

“People who have quarantine and sit home, they have fun, they watch fights,” he said. “Fighters go to the arena, they have fun, they do their job. I think we just need maximum 100 people to make this fight. One arena and 100 healthy people around and put a couple camera and show this around the world – the two best lightweights of all time. This is a very important fight.”

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“Right now I am in my training camp since December,” the champ said. “January, February and now March, I hope the fight is going to happen. This is a very important fight, because the lightweight division have to move. We have to move. I don’t want – right now in lightweight division there’s a couple guys with six-win streak, seven-win streak. A lot of contenders come. I don’t want to hang the lightweight division. We do fight with Tony Ferguson, and we have to know who is the next contender.

“This is very important. Not just for me, for the UFC, for the fans – this is very important for the lightweight division. This is why I really want to fight with him. We have to fight, and I think the next couple days – yesterday I talked with Dana – Dana say they’re going to do everything that they can to keep this fight. We’ll see. Next couple days Dana is going to send us location.”

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