KHABIB NOT OUT?
On Wednesday Khabib Nurmagedov made an Instagram post stating the below:
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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, 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? - I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all. The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably. But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying? - Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes. - 📍 Сижу дома на карантине и читаю реакцию людей на ситуацию вокруг моего боя, получается весь мир должен сидеть на карантине, правительства всех стран и известные люди всего мира призывают людей соблюдать требования безопасности, чтоб ограничить распространение болезни ради спасения людей, а Хабиб, освобождён от всех обязательств и должен демонстрировать свободу воли и тренироваться летая по всему миру рискуя своей жизнью ради боя ? - Я все понимаю и точно не меньше вас расстроен отменой боя, наверно у меня , как и у всех других, было много планов после боя, но я не в силах контролировать все это. Сверх державы и крупнейшие компании нашего времени в шоке от того, что происходит, каждый день ситуация меняется непредсказуемо. Но Хабиб все равно должен драться, так получается? - Берегите себя и поставьте себя на мое место.
His words made it clear to most that the main event of UFC 249 was no longer going to happen. In the same time his critics swarmed in, confirming Khabib’s fear of sharing the cage with Tony Ferguson who is believed by many to be able to take out Khabib.
Shots were fired by Conor McGregor stating that Khabib has lost in the game of playing chicken, by pulling out. He stated the below:
The fact of this matter is, both Tony and Khabib where engaged in a game of chicken here towards the fight bell. With Khabib chickening out first. Making it 3-2 in pullouts in Tony’s favour. Khab scurried out of the U.S to home, and amid the crisis. Very high risk.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 2, 2020
Nonetheless, with a significant population of the world in quarantine, all naysayers cursing this bout, jumped the wagon claiming that this fight is not going to happen. But there seems for the hopefuls wanting this fight to happen, some light at the end of the tunnel, as Khabib clarified that he has not “chickened out”. The Russian fighter explained that he is willing to fight, if they can provide a definite location. He displayed his anger with what he claims a lack of certainty as to where the fight will happen. The UFC he says they mentioned the fight happening in Abu Dhabi and this is also not certain as far as the fighter is concerned. He also mentioned if the UFC could safely get him out of Russia to partake in the fight, he will agree with taking on Tony. The problem is that Russia has limited flights due to the pandemic, people have claimed private flights have not been stopped. But we have not verified theses claims.
So, for now we can conclude that the fight has not been cancelled and Khabib has not pulled away from the event. This has not decreased the anxiety of the fight fans still waiting for the colossus fight to happen, as it may not happen, and things are still uncertain.