Khabib and Tony were meant to battle in the main event
Disclaimer: Fight is not happening on April 18th [watch video below]
Dana White recently confirmed in a tweet on 7th April that UFC 249 will be happening on April 18th, 2020. The shocking pitch come to the fans like a blow to their wishes because fans were eagerly waiting for the Tony vs Khabib but it turned out that wallet won over fans.
In his tweet he cleared that the “The fight is signed and is 100% ON LIVE on ESPN somewhere on EARTH!!!!”
So, it is clear now that Khabib Nurmagomedov is out and he will surely be missing the game here. Khabib Nurmagomedov as a native Russian suggested last week that he would not be breaking Russia’s national lockdown to fight Ferguson in US – a duel that has now been cancelled 5 times.
The fight is signed and is 100% ON LIVE on ESPN somewhere on EARTH!!!! 😃@TonyFergusonXT vs @Justin_Gaethje is LIVE on @espn+ PPV April 18th for the interim lightweight belt! pic.twitter.com/aH44zg5K30
— danawhite (@danawhite) April 6, 2020
Ultimate Fighting Champion’s fans were hoping that Khabib could travel to the main-event on April 18 may be via private jet, but unfortunately the undisputed Dagestani fighting champ refused to fulfill any such wish which due to circumstances seemed beyond his control.
Now, on Saturday April 18th Tony Ferguson will face off against Justin Gaethje for the headline fight at UFC 249 after Khabib Nurmagomedov’s withdrawal. Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title is officially signed – even though UFC249 still does not have an official location.
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… https://t.co/ZLwFsdQSDQ
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) April 1, 2020
UFC 249 has been plagued with questions over the last few weeks, not least the ongoing coronavirus crisis. UFC 249 was originally meant to take place in Brooklyn, New York and in the middle of last month governor Andrew Cuomo issued an order restricting mass gatherings.
On the other hand, fans have mixed feelings about the UFC 249
“Well you have put your wallet before lives Dana. You won’t get another penny out of me. Hopefully box office will get hit hard by this” A fan criticizing Dana.
“Not really sure what the point of this is. A fight that no one really cares about being held in an empty arena, while the rest of the world are more concerned with keeping themselves and loved ones safe.” Another furious fan.