Tony Ferguson called his rival Khabib Nurmagomedov “b *** h *” for withdrawing from their confrontation with UFC 249 due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Russian lightweight Khabib confirmed that the fight was stopped Wednesday when he is stuck in his country of origin due to the current pandemic.
California-born Ferguson, 36, thinks Khabib is scared, “as this is the fifth time a fight between the duo has been canceled.
Tony Ferguson hit UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov for running “scared”
Khabib confirmed Wednesday that his fight with Ferguson has been canceled
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The travel ban to Russia and the United States would have prevented Khabib from returning to UFC 249 on April 18, but Ferguson believes he is hiding behind this excuse.
Ferguson said in a video on Twitter: “Khabib, I think he already knew he was not going to fight.
“We scared him. He had the opportunity to return from Abu Dhabi. He has the power to take a plane and come back.
“This is the second time we have kicked him out. I have been doing the exact same thing for eight years. Coming and going from work, going there and breaking my ass, making sure I’m in business.
“I am a hitman. Khabib and Conor [McGregor] run with their tail between their legs like a f *** ing dog. I run with the dog man and these guys are not dogs. These are lots of p *****. Khabib is a b *** h.
“I told him I was going to mop the floor with his hat, the guy got stuck.
Ferguson called on UFC chiefs to remove Khabib from his title for failing to attend the next UFC 249.
He said ESPN Ariel Helwani: “Obviously, I was very upset, I feel more for all the others who are going through difficult times.
“It’s a little different, of course I’m a bit p **** d.
“He had the opportunity to stay here, he was in Abu Dhabi, but had the opportunity to return before the borders closed in Russia. He decided to return to Dagestan to finish his camp.
“The guy doesn’t want to fight, he was scared, he’s running, he should be stripped of his title.
“I am always ready to fight anyone, anytime and anywhere. The fight is against Khabib, man, this is the guy, everyone just wants to fight him.
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Khabib wrote on Wednesday: “Staying at home in quarantine and reading people’s reaction to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, the governments of all countries, personalities of the world whole urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, save people, and Khabib is the only one to be discharged from all his obligations and must exercise free will and practice flying around the world, for the pleasure of fighting?
“I understand everything and I’m definitely more angry than you about canceling the fight, probably like everyone else, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control everything.
“But Khabib still has to fight, what (you) say?
“Take care of yourself and put yourself in my place.
With Khabib’s involvement in doubt in recent weeks, it has been reported that Justin Gaethje is in place to replace the MMA superstar.
Although his replacement is yet to be confirmed, Gaethje is considered the favorite to intervene despite the fact that Ferguson still considers his options according to ESPN.