American Justin Gage will be Tony Ferguson’s opponent at UFC 249. About it on April 6 in the Twitter the head of the Absolute fighting championship (UFC) Dayna white reported.
He will replace Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was scheduled to fight against Ferguson on April 18, but declined to participate amid the spread of the coronavirus.
On April 2, the head of the Absolute fighting championship (UFC) Dana white, commenting on Nurmagomedov’s words about the cancellation of the fight, said that “everyone already knew” that The Russian would not fight. When asked about the possible replacement of Nurmagomedov with Justin Gage, white said that he does not discuss the details of the fight with the press. Famous fighters Dustin Porier and Conor McGregor also spoke about their readiness to perform in place of the current champion.
After that, Nurmagomedov expressed the possibility of his participation, if he is allowed to fly out of Russia.
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On April 1, the Federal air transport Agency said that flights to the United States on private planes are not prohibited, so if the athlete finds a company that has the appropriate permission, he will be able to go to the fight. However, there may be problems with the return, as the operational headquarters has imposed restrictions on the arrival of aircraft due to the spread of the coronavirus.
The UFC said that, despite the refusal of several sites due to the coronavirus, the fight is not planned to be canceled. The organization said that they had found a place for the fight, but did not disclose details.
The fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson was postponed four times earlier.
The 31-year-old Russian has 28 wins and no losses in mixed martial arts. The 36 — year-old American has 25 wins out of 28, and Ferguson’s only three defeats were in fights before 2012.