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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson has three words for The Bermuda Triangle, the Tomb of Tutankhamun, and Oak Island - "Hold my beer."
Nurmagomedov says he went home to Dagestan after being told UFC 249 would in all likelihood be in the UAE, and now on an Instagram Live video, "The Eagle' says he can't get out.
"We were training in the AKA without any information regarding the fight, where and how is it going to happen," he said in Russian, as translated by RT. "Then the UFC told us that the fight 100% isn't happening in the States. And they said that 99% that it will happen in Emirates, Abu Dhabi.
"After talking to the UFC we decided to fly over to the Emirates a month before the fight. I don't remember the exact date, it was 19th or 20th, I'll have to check. But when we landed in Emirates we learned that they are going to close borders. And no one will be able to leave or fly in, with exception for residents.
"So we had to fly back to Russia. Currently I am in Dagestan and I am training and preparing every day. Although I don't know what am I preparing for. Because after we came to Russia we also learned that the borders are going to be locked. Same like in the States, same like in Europe, Emirates, everywhere. The whole world is in quarantine right now."
Then Khabib said that the UFC were still planning to go ahead with the event, without him.
Ariel Helwani reports that Ferguson has been offered a fight vs. Justin Geathe.
As a result, Tony Ferguson, per sources, has been offered a fight against top contender Justin Gaethje, however, that fight has not been agreed upon nor finalized. Neither has a location for the event.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 30, 2020