Nurmagomedov declares himself out of UFC 249

For the fifth time, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is off.

Nurmagomedov, the UFC lightweight champion, won’t defend his title in the highly anticipated bout with Ferguson at UFC 249, which is supposed to take place on April 18 in a location yet to be determined.

On Wednesday, Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) announced on Instagram that he won’t be competing since he’s stuck in Russia during the coronavirus pandemic.

“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,” Nurmagomedov wrote.

“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 (I am) 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.”

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