UFC’s baddest mother*cker Jorge Masvidal has thrown his hat into the ring, or in this case octagon, to replace Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson should UFC 249 go ahead without the Russian lightweight champ.
Khabib on Monday confirmed he is currently in Russia having returned to his homeland after the closure of his American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) training base in California, landing straight into a 14 day quarantine as compliant with Russian law for nationals returning from abroad.
At home in Dagestan, Khabib was seemingly safe in the knowledge UFC 249 would “99%” take place in the UAE, but has since been told the show will likely go on, only without him and in the US.
Those woes were compounded when last week, Russia grounded all international flights to and from the country from March 27, leaving the UFC’s 155 lbs ruler effectively stranded in his own back yard.
Unsurprisingly, the news created a vacuum of fighters throwing their name into hat to face Ferguson, including the UFC’s ‘baddest motherfucker’ belt owner Jorge Masvidal has since chirped up with confirmation he is “free” on the original April 18 fight date.
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