LOS ANGELES | The star Russian MMA (mixed martial arts), Khabib Nurmagomedov, was waived Wednesday to participate in a fight planned for April 18, because of the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
The lightweight champion of the UFC (the largest professional league of MMA) had to face American Tony Ferguson in the combat feature of the evening UFC 249, but he has stated on his account Instagram that he would not leave Russia.
“I understand everything, but I’m even more disappointed that you cancel this fight […] I had a lot of plans for after the fight, but I can’t control everything,” wrote on his account the Daguestanais, who had defeated the superstar irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor on October 6, 2018 in a fight ultramédiatisé.
The UFC has already cancelled three events for lack of finding a place to host the fights, because of the restrictions put in place to combat the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
The league had not yet announced the proposed venue for the fight Khabib-Ferguson, but its president Dana White had promised last week to have “four or five sites under the elbow” and said he was determined to organize it, to “bring a bit of normalcy in this country.”
According to some newspapers, the UFC plans to hold its fights behind closed doors.