Just under a month remains until Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are due to fight in one of the all-time most anticipated fights in UFC history, and the Russian champ is taking no chances ahead of the match.
The coronavirus pandemic has already forced the cancelation of a trio of UFC cards but the promotion has stopped short of ruling out the April 18 fight between lightweight champion Nurmagomedov and the man considered by most to be his toughest challenge.
As if to highlight the state of uncertainty being experienced in practically every sport across the world at the moment, a venue still hasn’t been confirmed to host the event after the original venue in Brooklyn, New York, was ruled out owing to clusters of outbreaks in the Big Apple.
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Javier Mendez, head coach at the American Kickboxing Academy in which Khabib trains, has closed the facility to every one of his fighters with the exception of Nurmagomedov in a move designed to afford the Dagestani grappler the safest possible environment in which to train.
But judging by a picture Khabib uploaded to Instagram he still isn’t taking any unnecessary risks.
The picture shows the Russian wearing a medical mask designed at restricting the spread of the virus as it approaches 300,000 confirmed infections across the world.
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