UFC news: Khabib Nurmagomedov posts on Instagram after getting stuck in Russia

  • Kat Lucas
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Khabib Nurmagomedov is more frustrated than anyone that his fight against Tony Ferguson is in doubt once again. 

The main event at UFC 249 is in serious jeopardy after the Russian returned to his homeland, with travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak now meaning it's unlikely he'll be able to fly. 

His decision to train in Dagestan has been met with criticism in some quarters, as has Dana White's decision to go ahead with the show altogether when the majority of the sporting calendar has been axed. 

In spite of last-minute shock rumours that Conor McGregor could even take his place, more realistic MMA fans are going to be immensely disappointed that what seems like a cursed encounter between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson has fallen at the last hurdle yet again. 

However, Khabib has now taken to Instagram to express his anger at a situation which he believes is firmly out of his control.  

He writes:

"Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight?

"I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all.

"The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably.

"But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying? Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes."

Until an official statement is made, there's still a glimmer of hope that his camp will find a way forward but it seems highly unlikely that we'll be seeing him in the Octagon later this month. 

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