Moscow, April 3: Khabib Nurmagomedov has not given up hope of facing Tony Ferguson in their blockbuster lightweight title bout, insisting he will "100 per cent" fight if he can travel from Russia.
Khabib appeared to announce this month's UFC 249 blockbuster had been postponed for the fifth time due to the coronavirus pandemic via social media on Wednesday (April 1), with travel restrictions preventing the Russian superstar from entering the United States and Dubai.
Unbeaten UFC lightweight champion Khabib was due to face American Ferguson on April 18, but the COVID-19 outbreak meant the event could not take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with president Dana White looking for an alternate location.
However, Khabib (28-0) is eyeing an August date if the upcoming clash is officially called off.
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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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"June, July, two months, then August I can fight," Khabib told ESPN. "I hear the UFC wants to make a show in San Francisco (in August).
"If not, let's fight in Abu Dhabi middle of September. Or fight now, before Ramadan. April 18, we're supposed to fight, but where? This is the question."
Khabib - who dismissed talk of a rematch against Conor McGregor - added: "Every day I train... morning and night. Right now, I'm one of the biggest starts in UFC. I'm undefeated and undisputed lightweight champion. This isn't a regular fight. How can it be 16 days before a fight and I don't know location? This isn't professional.
"If I can come out from Russia, I'm going to fight 100 per cent. Just give me location. Everyday I send Dana White a message for location. Too much crazy stuff and questions, and no answer.
"I understand people are upset because this is a dream fight for fans. This is my dream fight. I lose my money, I lose so much money and things. Nobody lose like I lose."