Reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 31, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson, 36, of Ventura, California, United States are eager to fight each other in the octagon. However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may postpone their upcoming fight at “UFC 249.”
Mixed martial arts fans from around the world are as eager as Nurmagomedov and Ferguson. If the Ultimate Fighting Championship cancels “UFC 249,” it will be the fifth time the bout between the two UFC stars is scheduled but aborted.
But there is good news for the MMA fans who have been waiting for “UFC 249” to finally happen. On March 24, 2020, UFC president Dana White took to Twitter to tell everyone that he was also worried about the event but he vowed to get it done.
The UFC has postponed several upcoming events except “UFC 249,” which was originally set to take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA on April 18, 2020. The title bout between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson will be the main event.
But on March 18, 2020, the New York State Athletic Commission announced that “UFC 249” may not take place in Brooklyn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement sent to The New York Times, the commission wrote, “Out of an abundance of caution and in line with recent guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and New York State, the New York State Athletic Commission informed the UFC that UFC 249 cannot be held in New York.”
White has yet to confirm the new venue of “UFC 249,” which is likely to be outside the U.S. There is a rumor that the bout between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson may happen in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
While waiting for the new “UFC 248” location, Nurmagomedov went back to Russia to complete his training camp, which means he is now nearer to Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, Ferguson is still in the U.S.
Currently, Ferguson holds a professional MMA record of 25 wins and 3 losses. Nurmagomedov is still undefeated with 28 wins.