Khabib Nurmagomedov indicates fight is off, Tony Ferguson responds

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has released a statement indicating he won't be fighting Tony Ferguson with the challenger responding on ESPN.

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has released a statement regarding his status for UFC 249 as the fighter remains in Dagestan, Russia.

Nurmagomedov issued a statement through Instagram on Wednesday and indicated he won’t be fighting Tony Ferguson, which marks the fifth time a fight between the two has been canceled.

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.

On Wednesday, Tony Ferguson went on ESPN and called for Numragomedov to be stripped of the UFC lightweight title:

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