Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He's Still Willing To Fight At UFC 249, Pleads With Dana White
Khabib Nurmagomedov has claimed he still wants to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 but needs a location to travel to, and called Dana White 'unprofessional' for not finding one yet.
The UFC 249 main event seemed to be called off on Wednesday when Khabib took to Instagram to say that he was officially grounded in Russia and couldn't travel.
Ferguson wasn't happy about the announcement, claiming the Russian was 'running scared,' and a main event isn't the only thing that the event is without as the promotion are yet to confirm a location.
Now Nurmagomedov has claimed he'd be willing to fight if there's any chance of him travelling to the fight, but he needs to know where to go.
Khabib said the following to Brett Okamoto on ESPN.
"Right now, if they give me location and I can come out from Russia and I can go to any country,"
"U.S., Abu Dhabi, doesn't matter. I'm going to fight, 100 percent. Just give me location. Every day, I send Dana White a message. 'Hey, where's my location.' This is not my mistake."
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The Russian also took a dig at White calling him 'unprofessional' for not naming a location yet, despite being just over two weeks away from the only UFC event currently going on, and disrespecting him as champion.
Khabib also used Ferguson's own quote about not signing a deal until there was a location against him as he tried to defend his decision for pulling out of their lightweight title fight on April 18th.
The Eagle said he was ready to fight, and had continued training in his house, but needed time to get ready and adapt to the different time zone.
On Wednesday night Ferguson had called the Eagle out for his decision to fly back to Russia when countries were starting to close their borders amidst the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.
He claimed that the undefeated champion was running from him and also called out Conor McGregor, claiming he only wanted to fight one of the two fierce rivals.
El Cucuy is still expected to fight on April 18th, as long as someone confirms a location, with Justin Gaethje expected to be his opponent, though Dustin Poirier has also offered to take the fight.
However if there's any chance of getting the Khabib fight back on track then UFC will surely take it, although it will all depend on the 31-year-old's ability to travel.