Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is off and the Russian hit out at plans to make him travel during the coronavirus outbreak.
The pair were due to meet on April 18 but the lightweight champ took to Instagram to pull the plug and swipe at those expecting him to break quarantine rules.
The 31-year-old posted a picture of himself alongside a caption that read: “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.
I have to say, it's INCREDIBLE that enough dummies on social media made enough noise about Khabib Nurmagomedov being forced to quarantine in Russia, and accusing him of being "scared," that he actually had to post a statement asking them to think rationally. Just incredible.
“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?
“But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying?
“Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes.”
It now leaves UFC fans wondering who will take on Tony Ferguson as Khabib’s replacement, with boss Dana White assuring previously the fight will go ahead.
Conor McGregor’s trainer cheekily suggested that the Notorious could be a shock inclusion.
ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani put out a poll on twitter with Justin Gaethje and waiting for Khabib the two possibilities.
While 76 per cent voted for the latter, that now leaves fellow American Gaethje as the most likely option.
But McGregor’s trainer John Kavanagh teased fans online by replying to the tweet with the comment: “Maybe there’s a third option…”
Part of this article first appeared in The Sun and were reproduced with permission.
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