Supporters behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship were shocked to learn that Khabib Nurmagomedov won’t be attending UFC 249. This follows after the Kremlin implemented travel restrictions. Nurmagomedov is quarantined within the country and wasn’t permissioned with specialised travelling capabilities for the fight. It’s forced another significant blow against Dana White, who has continually persisted that UFC 249 will move forward.
Khabib Nurmagomedov made this announcement through social media feeds like Twitter and Instagram. He expressed his condolences for not being able to attend this venue but also his anger for specific individuals forcing him to fight. The main message was for the MMA Community to keep themselves protected and understand his position. Supporters are still disappointed by the announcement, as Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been slated to battle four times previously. This marks the 4th cancellation of these two men competing against each other.
It’s immediately prompted the question for sporting analysts on who Tony Ferguson will compete against at UFC 249. Three names have been named, with Dana White persistent on acquiring a notable fight. These individuals include Jorge Masvidal and Conor McGregor.
The Irishman is more than likely the best option to replace Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’s the 2nd most famous athlete in the UFC Competition and notably predicted that the lightweight champion wouldn’t attend this PPV. McGregor believes he’d be the perfect replacement against Tony Ferguson. However, this means that Conor McGregor would need special permission to travel from his country to America or the Middle East for this venue.
Gamebred himself is best suited for the PPV Title Fight. He’s the only other American that could compete against the notable skills of Tony Ferguson. Jorge Masvidal also resembles a younger Tony Ferguson rising through the UFC Ranks. It’d be a battle between youthful stamina and older experience. However, there’d be the chance that both men would have to travel to the middle east.
The UFC 249 Venue
Dana White took a significant blow with hosting UFC 249 when it was announced that Brooklyn wouldn’t host this venue. It prompted Dana White to begin locating a new site, which he says has been found. Details on that new venue haven’t been revealed, which is uncommon for the UFC President. It’s led sporting analysts to think Dana White is lying.