The UFC president, Dana White, was hit from all angles as he tried to keep the main UFC 249 event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson intact.
& nbsp;“data-reactid =” 24 “> In the end, although he was able to keep UFC 249 on schedule for April 18, it was impossible to keep Khabib vs Ferguson at the top of the bill, instead he had to shift gears and pit Ferguson against fellow competitor Justin Gaethje for the temporary championship.
Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov was parked in Russia, receiving much criticism from the most awaited light fight of all time, falling through the gap for the fifth time.
White, however, insisted that it was not Nurmagomedov’s fault that he ended up in Russia because he was locked up, while UFC 249 was expected to move forward in an undisclosed location in the United States.
“(Khabib) was finally flown back to Russia. He did not fly back to Russia; he was flown back to Russia.”“data-reactid =” 27 “>“(Khabib) was finally flown back to Russia. He did not fly back to Russia; he was flown back to Russia.”
Nurmagomedov did not blame anyone except the rampant COVID-19 pandemic, forcing increasingly stringent restrictions around the world.
ESPN. “data-reactid =” 29 “>” The first thing that drives me crazy is when people say I am withdrawing or doing something. I do not understand this. I am still practicing since December. I practiced very hard, December 9 “I came (to) the US because the UFC gave me a location, the New York Barclays Center. I came to the US I practiced 40 days, then everything went crazy,” Nurmagomedov said. ESPN.
“They say the US is 100 percent not fighting. Good. We moved to Abu Dhabi, Dubai. Why? Because they told me 99 percent of it would be in Dubai. Like last in my training camp, how I did it, I came to A. I trained with Coach Javier at AKA 55 days later we moved to Abu Dhabi because of the fight in Abu Dhabi, I understand, if Abu Dhabi doesn’t matter, we did this before, we will do this one more time, we come, they close the gates. “But this is not my problem. I did nothing wrong. Again, I want to say I’m Khabib, I’m not a corona virus.”
& nbsp;“data-reactid =” 31 “> When Nurmagomedov arrived in Abu Dhabi, he found the country closed to foreigners and sent home to Russia.
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“I know everyone is going crazy with Khabib. Khabib has done nothing wrong. You see the way the world is changing, literally day by day, he is trapped. He is finally flown back to Russia. He doesn’t fly back to Russia; he is flown back to Russia. It’s annoying, but what will you do? “
White was as disappointed as anyone that Khabib vs Ferguson was thwarted for the fifth time, but felt fortunate to navigate the hardest thing he had ever done and ended with another star’s main event.
“I can go for 10 minutes to tell you how it all fell apart. The reality is it’s not anyone’s fault. Every day when I wake up, the rules change. Everything is closed. Many are closed,” White said.
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“(Khabib) is trapped in Russia. It was a total accident. We all make mistakes in that. There is no one to blame for that. That is what it is. The fact that we can even do an event now … this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. So far the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
“But if you see Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje, a silly fight and a fight that really makes sense. Khabib vs Tony should happen, but that should have happened five times ago. I started to believe that Joe Rogan that this fight was condemned. This was an outstanding main event and I really respect the two people who stood up. “
White plans for UFC 249 to be a signal that promotion of his struggle is back in business. He insisted that this was not a one-time event, it felt good, but the beginning of the rest of the UFC event calendar for the rest of 2020.
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