Khabib Nurmagomedov: “Take Care of Yourself and Put Yourself in my Shoes”

Khabib Nurmagomedov
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: UFC President Dana White (R) speaks with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov during a press conference for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM on October 04, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nurmagomedov will defend his title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

The world can’t stand the fact that Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is not happening — again. Well, the man from Dagestan is not to blame and he is making that crystal clear.

The match-up between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson was supposed to go down at UFC 249 on April 18, however due to the corona virus pandemic, the likelihood of it happening is all but squashed.

On Wednesday, Nurmagomedov took to Instagram to release a statement regarding the match-up and the safety of the world.

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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.

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Nurmagomedov was in the United States training at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, but upon learning that the fight would not be happening in the U.S. he decided to fly overseas to Abu Dhabi.

Russian borders closed

In an Instagram live video, “The Eagle” stated that he had learned that the borders to Russia were about to be closed.

“Currently, I am in Dagestan and I am training and preparing every day, although I don’t know what am I preparing for, because after we came to Russia we also learned that the borders are going to be locked,” he said.

Despite the main event not going down as planned, UFC President Dana White has gone on record that UFC 249 will be going down despite the world being asked to social distance from each other.

UFC 249 will take place from an undisclosed location and many have stepped up to face Ferguson on short notice, including Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.

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