The Ultimate Fighting Championship is desperately scrambling to keep moving forward with UFC 249 on pay-per-view next month despite lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov saying he will not be able to make the fight.
Nurmagomedov is on lockdown in Russia and will be unable to catch a flight to Las Vegas or any location the UFC chooses for the event.
That would leave Tony Ferguson without an opponent, but the UFC reportedly has someone in mind.
After Khabib announced that he was locked down in Russia during an Instagram Live session, reports surfaced that the promotion is looking to replace Nurmagomedov with fan-favorite Justin Gaethje.
“According to sources, UFC is aware of Nurmagomedov’s status and have now begun looking at alternate plans for the April 18 main event and card, which they are still determined to put on,” ESPN’s Ariel Helwani wrote on Twitter. “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.”
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
Do you have any interest in seeing Gaethje step in as a late replacement for Nurmagomedov or would you prefer the UFC pull the plug on the event and indefinitely postpone it? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.
UFC 249: Fight Time & Viewing Details
Event: UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson
Main Card Card Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, ESPN, ESPN+
UFC 249 Fight Card
- Champ Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson – for lightweight title
- Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
- Ben Rothwell vs. Gian Villante
- Calvin Kattar vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Ottman Azaitar vs. Khama Worthy
- Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. TBA
- Makhmud Muradov vs. Karl Roberson
- Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
- Hunter Azure vs. Umar Nurmagomedov
- Alexander Hernandez vs. Islam Makhachev
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba
*fight card is subject to change