Masked Khabib Nurmagomedov Sends Coronavirus Message As He Trains In Isolation For UFC 249
Khabib Nurmagomedov has shared a coronavirus message with his fans as he trains in isolation for his UFC championship clash with Tony Ferguson.
Nurmagomedov, 31, is set to make the third defence of his UFC lightweight title against Ferguson on April 18.
Dana White insists the stacked UFC 249 card will go ahead despite the promotion cancelling three shows due to the global pandemic.
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- DESIGN BY FEO (@designbyfeo) March 13, 2020
And the Russian champion isn't taking any risks amid the crisis as he prepares in isolation at the famed American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California.
"Let the Almighty protect you all," he wrote with a picture of himself in a face mask.
Nurmagomedov's head coach Javier Mendez has revealed that nobody else is allowed into the gym as the undefeated fighter trains for UFC 249.
"It is just Khabib. That's it. Nobody else is allowed. No one is coming. Just Khabib. We've gotta keep it safe for him," Mendez explained.
"Khabib expects to fight somebody if something happens to Tony. He expects to fight somebody. One top guy. Whatever.
"And then he'll go back after Tony. That's the way he looks at it. He's expecting to fight.
"It's not like, 'Tony is out; forget it I'm not fighting,' he's training to fight somebody. It's not like he has it in for Tony.
"He doesn't have it in for Tony. [Ferguson is] a top guy. He's the very best right now that he could face. So that's why [Khabib] wants to face him."
UFC 249 was scheduled for Brooklyn, New York, but that plan has officially been nixed following the governor banning gatherings in the state.
White is hellbent on going through with the event as he eyes a new location and venue for the highly-anticipated bout.