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Khabib fires back at Conor McGregor & Tony Ferguson, defends return to Russia

* * *UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is ensconced in Russia. Tony Ferguson is hunkered down in the U.S. Conor McGregor is in Ireland. But that’s not stopping them from taking shots at each other as UFC president Dana White tries to keep UFC 249 intact, with or without his original main event featuring Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson.White has been trying mightily to move forward with UFC 249 in some form or fashion on April 18. The original location of Brooklyn, N.Y. is long gone. It also appears that almost any other location would be a long shot, but he insists he will keep trying until there are too many roadblocks to pull it off.In the meantime, Nurmagomedov has come under the scrutiny of many critics, Ferguson and McGregor chief among them, for his decision to return to Russia during the global covid-19 pandemic.Ferguson is calling for Nurmagomedov to be stripped of his belt. McGregor, despite calling for everyone around the world to stay in place, declared Nurmagomedov a chicken.Nurmagomedov recently answered back, defending his decision to return to Russia and explaining how it unfolded.* * *TRENDING > Where are they now? First UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman* * * Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson ‘game of chicken'(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

Khabib won’t fight in UFC 249

Mixed martial arts star Khabib Nurmagomedov said Wednesday he would not take part in a UFC card scheduled for April 18, saying he was not prepared to travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lightweight champion Nurmagomedov was due to have headlined the UFC 249 event in a bout against Tony Ferguson but said in a post on Instagram he was not willing to leave Russia for the 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,” Nurmagomedov wrote.

Dana White vows UFC will not lay off any employees: ‘I don’t care how long this lasts!’

UFC president Dana White is up against incredible odds to try and proceed with UFC 249 on April 18, but he continues to insist he is going to find a way to make the event happen. One thing that he won’t do is let go of any of his employees, regardless of how long the current coronavirus crisis lasts.The economic turmoil has already begun because of the covid-19 global pandemic. Stock markets have been seeing their worst results in history and businesses have been forced to close or extremely limit operations. The UFC isn’t immune. In fact, the entire sports world has little wiggle room for moving forward until pandemic restrictions are lifted.White has had to postpone three events already, though promising to make up the fights at some point. And even if he somehow manages to put forth some version of UFC 249 on April 18, there are surely going to be more postponements before any of us returns to any sort of normalcy.No matter what happens with the UFC’s event calendar, however, White is adamant that he will not lay off a single employee because of restrictions surrounding the covid-19 pandemic.”A guy wrote today UFC is gonna be laying people off. And he’s f—ing gloating about it. First of all, it’s a f—ing lie. It’s not even true. He saw a statement that Endeavor is laying people off and then he says something like, hey, Dana, you got bosses now. No I don’t motherf—er. You have no idea what my situation is,” White said in a recent interview with Barstool Sports.”I don’t care how long this lasts. How long this f—ing goes on. I’m not laying anybody off. It’s not f—ing happening. There’s a lot of things that I will f—ing do to make sure that doesn’t happen. And I make those decisions. So it won’t happen… period!”* * *TRENDING > Khabib locked down in Russia, UFC 249 could feature Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje* * * Dana White addresses UFC 249 and shoots down report of UFC layoffs(Courtesy of Barstool Sports)