Khabib Nurmagomedov’s blockbuster bout in opposition to Tony Ferguson continues to be going forward regardless of the looming risk of the coronavirus.
‘The Eagle’ received on his Octagon comeback final September after practically a yr out following his controversial win over Conor McGregor.
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He headlined UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi and efficiently defended his light-weight title by submitting Dustin Poirier within the third spherical.
The 30-year-old is now gearing up for his subsequent battle which is simply across the nook.
The occasion is ready to go forward regardless of the coronavirus outbreak however is anticipated to be modified.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov will headline UFC 249 and is taking over Tony Ferguson.
The pair have been scheduled to face off a number of occasions over time however a battle has by no means come to fruition.
They’re set to lastly meet on April 18 at a UFC predominant occasion.
It was initially deliberate to happen on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, New York however that’s set to be moved as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Las Vegas has additionally been mooted however the virus would probably cease that occuring too with a location exterior the USA now anticipated to be introduced.
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Regardless of the issues, UFC president Dana White insists the battle will go forward however will occur with out followers.
He mentioned: “I do [know where it is]. However I’m not able to inform you but. I do know a number of issues. There’s not going to be any followers there. It’s going to be a closed occasion.”
White added: “We had presumably a few totally different venues for that battle, together with Nevada [Las Vegas], so now the entire Nevada factor went down, so we’re in search of one other venue.
“I hope I ought to have two venue choices for that battle. That battle will occur, it’s going to go on, the followers are all freaking out about that, don’t worry, Khabib vs Tony will occur.
“If I can nonetheless work out methods to run the UFC and do it safely, and never put any of my folks in hurt then we have been going to do it.
“In occasions like these, folks have to be entertained. Folks must really feel some form of ‘normalness’ occurring.
“We’re gonna do it. I’m gonna get this factor executed. I’m gonna determine this factor out. And I’ll guarantee that everybody concerned is secure.”
UFC 249 – Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson: Combat card
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson – UFC Light-weight Championship Title
- Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
- Karl Roberson vs. Makhmud Muradov
- Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
- Uriah Corridor vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Khama Worthy vs. Ottman Azaitar
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
- Ben Rothwell vs. Gian Villante
- Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras