The fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson can rightfully be considered the most anticipated in the history of mixed martial arts. Even in the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which canceled several tournaments, sought to preserve the event with the participation of these top fighters. The UFC 249 show may still take place on April 18, but on Monday Nurmagomedov said that his participation in it is virtually impossible.
The key point is the location of the current lightweight champion of the promotion. Going live on Instagram, Khabib confirmed that he has been living and training in Dagestan for about ten days. The main thing-until now. That is, the fighter did not have time to fly out of Russia before the state stopped international air traffic (from today, the entire land border is also closed).
This information was announced on Sunday by Khabib’s father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. Curiously, the Manager of the fighter Ali Abdel-Aziz decided to refute it on Twitter.