UFC president Dana White vowed UFC 249 would go on, and he designed good on his assure, albeit with a new primary celebration.
White advised ESPN that Justin Gaethje would switch light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and experience Tony Ferguson on April 18 at a place to determined for the interim UFC light-weight title. White said a internet site is forthcoming on Monday.
The Ferguson-Gaethje battle arrives soon after numerous twists and turns that resulted in Nurmagomedov possessing to be changed in the primary celebration.
Nurmagomedov traveled dwelling to his native Dagestan soon after believing the battle with Ferguson would get spot in Abu Dhabi. Regrettably for him, the Russian government banned travel out of the region simply because of the coronavirus pandemic. That still left the UFC no preference but to take away Nurmagomedov from the battle. Once White obtained word Nurmagomedov was out, he commenced hunting for a replacement and zeroed in on Gaethje.
This marks the fifth time that a scheduled battle involving Nurmagomedov and Ferguson has been called off.
In his quest to come to be a UFC champion for the initially time, Gaethje comes in with a good offer of momentum, possessing gained a few consecutive fights by knockout, most just lately a first-round end of Donald Cerrone in September.
Ferguson enters UFC 249 on a great run of his own by reeling off 12 straight wins, and he’ll be fighting for the initially time considering that also beating Cerrone, by second-round stoppage at UFC 239 in June. He seems to be to seize the interim belt for the second time he defeated Kevin Lee by 3rd-round submission at UFC 216 in Oct 2017.