Perennial lightweight contender, and former interim champion, Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson faces yet another dilemma ahead of a fifth scheduled pairing with arch-rival, Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov. The Californian is still on home soil, putting the finishing touches to his training camp ahead of an April 18th. main event at UFC 249 – while Nurmagomedov is stuck in Russia due to a national lockdown.
The likelihood of Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson taking place on April 18th. was already in jeopardy due to the novel coronavirus pandemic – but with Khabib currently stranded in Russia, unable to travel, a matchup is almost certainly impossible at this stage.
Taking to his official Twitter account on Sunday night, the twelve fight streaking number-one contender urged Nurmagomedov to agree to a location, and explained how his lockdown in Russia wouldn’t prevent an eventual, “ass whoppin’“.
“April 18 Is Getting Close @TeamKhabib & You’re In Russia. Travel Bans Will Not Prevent Me From Whoppin’ That Ass. Don’t Use It As An Excuse To Back Out. You Have Been Sent Many Locations, Send Us 1. Still My Bitch #DefendorVacate MF ⚾ -CSO- 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 #ufc249 @ufc @danawhite“
With Nurmagomedov stranded in Russia, he has explained how the UFC may attempt to secure a short-notice replacement for Tony Ferguson, keeping the 10th. Planet Jiu-Jitsu black belt on the UFC 249 card. Promotional president, Dana White has reiterated his willingness to keep both the majority of the card and the event itself intact – behind both closed doors and a closed gate. The UFC’s last outing took place in March at UFC Fight Night Brasília.