UFC chief insists Khabib Nurmagomedov's fight with Tony Ferguson is ON

UFC chief Dana White insists Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fight with Tony Ferguson is still ON – but refuses to reveal where it will be held as it will go ahead without fans due to coronavirus

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov is scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson on April 18 
  • Dana White is determined for UFC 249 to go ahead despite the coronavirus 
  • The fight will no longer take place in Brooklyn and doesn’t have a location yet
  • Nurmagomedov has been training in California but has now flown back to Russia 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

UFC president Dana White is adamant Khabib Nurmagomedov’s clash with Tony Ferguson will go ahead behind closed doors – but remained coy on where it will be held.

Khabib’s highly anticipated bout with Ferguson had been thrown into doubt when it was revealed the Russian has returned to his homeland despite the fight being scheduled for April 18.

However, White insists the fight will go ahead despite the current coronavirus outbreak meaning fans will not be able to watch from the stands.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has decided to return to Russia from the United States

Nurmagomedov (left) is still scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson (right) at UFC 249 on April 18

UFC chief Dana White insists the fight is going ahead but refused to reveal where it will be

‘I do (know where it is),’ White said on Instagram Live.

‘But I’m not ready to tell you yet. I know lots of things. … There’s not going to be any fans there. It’s going to be a closed event.’

Nurmagomedov has been preparing at his regular training base at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, the fight itself yet to have a location with Brooklyn no longer an option.

However, his manager Rizvan Magomedov has confirmed that his client has now flown back to Russia due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The Russian asked a number of questions of the UFC as he shared this photo on Monday

Fans had their doubts about the the event going ahead on April 18, a meeting between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson believed by many to be ‘cursed’ having been cancelled four times previously.

And Nurmagomedov cast further doubt with an Instagram post on Monday afternoon.

‘We can’t understand what is happening at all,’ he wrote alongside a picture of himself and the son of a training partner.

‘Where are we fighting and are we fighting at all?’ he asked. ‘What about the weight and the venue of the battle? UFC 249 what are you?’


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