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Khabib Nurmagomedov stranded in Russia, says the UFC is looking to continue UFC 249 ‘with or without me’

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For weeks, UFC President Dana White has insisted that UFC 249 and the lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson would proceed as planned. But now that’s looking less and less likely.

In a recent Instagram Live, the UFC lightweight champion revealed that he is currently stranded in Dagestan. Nurmagomedov had been training in the United States but flew home when the UFC told him the fight would not be taking place in the U.S.. Now, Khabib is back in Russia and unable to fly out due to a travel ban instituted by his home country.

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Justin Gaethje tapped as possible replacement to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 249

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s loss might be Justin Gaethje’s gain.

According to sources speaking to MMA Fighting on Monday, Gaethje has been tapped as a possible replacement to step in on short notice to face Ferguson. At this time, the fight hasn’t been accepted or signed by either fighter but this is the direction the UFC is moving in a last second scramble to try and save the event

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Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley offer to meet on April 18 to help save UFC 249

If UFC 249 is moving forward, the promotion has a lot of options.

On the heels of the news that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov may be unable to compete on April 18 due to a travel ban issued in his home country of Russia because of the coronavirus pandemic, several fighters have offered to either replace him or replace the entire main event.

The latest comes from former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and former interim champion Colby Covington, who both put out messages asking to fight at UFC 249.

Covington had previously tried to land a fight with Woodley after Leon Edwards was forced out of the UFC London main event due to travel restrictions in his home country of England. The entire show was eventually scrapped but it appears Covington is still willing to take the fight on short notice if the UFC wants to put together a new welterweight fight on April 18.

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Kamaru Usman blasts Jorge Masvidal for turning down fight at UFC 249; Masvidal fires back

Kamaru Usman wanted to save UFC 249, but he claims Jorge Masvidal had no interest in a short-notice title fight against him.

Following news that reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov may not be able to fight Tony Ferguson on April 18 due to travel restrictions in his home country of Russia due to the coronavirus pandemic, numerous fighters have offered to step up to help fill the headline spot.

On Monday, Usman took to Instagram where he revealed that he spoke to UFC President Dana White last week about potentially taking a fight against Masvidal in order to give the promotion a viable main event if Nurmagomedov really was out.

According to the UFC welterweight champion, the promotion got back to his manager Ali Abdelaziz and said that they weren’t able to locate Masvidal for whatever reason.

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Post #4   3/31/20 5:54:43PM