“Don’t use that as an excuse to back out” – Tony Ferguson takes swipe at Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘hiding in Russia’

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is set for UFC 249
Khabib Nurmagomedov (L) faces off against Tony Ferguson (R) during a press conference (Digital Trends)

Tony Ferguson faces Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249

UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has been warned by Tony Ferguson ahead of UFC 249.

The pair will meet on 18 April, however, there still is no confirmation of where the fight will be. The coronavirus pandemic suspended all UFC operations after UFC Brasil, but Dana White is 99.9% sure of the location for Khabib vs Ferguson.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is set for UFC 249
Khabib Nurmagomedov (L) faces off against Tony Ferguson (R) during a press conference (Digital Trends)

This fight has been on the UFC cards four times in the past. However, for one reason or another, it has been called off.

Ferguson doesn’t want to let Khabib off the hook this time and took a swipe at the champion.

Reports have suggested that Khabib left the US to train in Russia. However, there is an international travel ban in the European nation due to the coronavirus.

That could throw the fight in jeopardy, but Ferguson called out the champion on Instagram:

The Lightweight challenger also shared a promo for the fight, and it seems that 18 April will finally see two of the best in the Octagon for the first time.

Khabib’s location a mystery

While the rivalry between the pair has only grown in the weeks leading up to the fight, there is a real concern about where Khabib is.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dana White speak during a previous press conference
UFC President Dana White (R) speaks with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Ali Abdelaziz claimed that rumours of Khabib being in Russia were “fake news”. However, it is important to note that Khabib vs Ferguson might not take place in the US.

There are several restrictions on the number of people gathering in one location in the States, and that should see the fight shifted to another country.

Ferguson and Khabib have been doing their training bits to stay in shape, and hopefully, we learn of the new location soon.

Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov is the main fight for UFC 249
Tony Ferguson faces Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249 (Image credit: Getty)

18 April will be a huge day for the UFC as they return to action after almost a month. They have a huge match in Khabib vs Ferguson, but more fights are needed to make the card a stellar one.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

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