OFFICIAL: Khabib is out of his title defense!

UFC Lightweight Champion officially cancelled the bout against Tony Ferguson

In a heartfelt Instagram address to his fans, Khabib Nurmagomedov explained his situation prior to his scheduled main event against Ferguson.

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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. – 📍 Сижу дома на карантине и читаю реакцию людей на ситуацию вокруг моего боя, получается весь мир должен сидеть на карантине, правительства всех стран и известные люди всего мира призывают людей соблюдать требования безопасности, чтоб ограничить распространение болезни ради спасения людей, а Хабиб, освобождён от всех обязательств и должен демонстрировать свободу воли и тренироваться летая по всему миру рискуя своей жизнью ради боя ? – Я все понимаю и точно не меньше вас расстроен отменой боя, наверно у меня , как и у всех других, было много планов после боя, но я не в силах контролировать все это. Сверх державы и крупнейшие компании нашего времени в шоке от того, что происходит, каждый день ситуация меняется непредсказуемо. Но Хабиб все равно должен драться, так получается? – Берегите себя и поставьте себя на мое место.

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Khabib has been accused by majority of the MMA fans for the bout’s fifth cancellation. Their argument? The champion’s flight back home to Dagestan after five weeks of training camp in AKA gym.

In the meantime, according to Nurmagomedov, Dana White told him there would be a change of location as to where the UFC 249 would be held. Abu Dhabi was the ‘99%’ option.

“I am even hearing that they are looking for an opponent for Tony, because he is in the States and I am here in Russia. But I am here not on my own will. The UFC told me that this fight 100% isn’t happening in the USA, and even if it’s not happening in the Emirates it will happen on this side of Atlantic. We discussed everything with the UFC. By that time I already spent 5 weeks of hard training in the AKA,” Khabib told RT Sport a few days, prior, as reported here.

UFC is now on a lookout for new opponents for Tony, as well as completing the card by mega fights. Both Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje claimed they would step in, but ‘The Highlight’ seems to be favorable, as you can already bet on the outcome of Ferguson vs. Gaethje.

Another fighter wanting to be a part of the main event is Jorge Masvidal, who, instead of facing ‘El Cucuy’ might get a chance to fight for the UFC Welterweight title against Kamaru Usman. The two have gone back and forth on social media, with both claiming the other is ‘ducking’ the fight.

What is currently happening in the minds of the management of the UFC is unclear, but the fact is they are still ‘moving mountains’ to make this event happen and should be awarded with praise for wanting to deliver during a global pandemic!