Conor McGregor Addresses UFC 249 Rumours

Conor McGregor has effectively ruled himself out of fighting Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. After Khabib Nurmagomedov announced earlier this week that he was stuck in Russia as a result of the travel restrictions brought in because of the coronavirus pandemic, many fans questioned whether the Irishman would step in on short notice.

However, McGregor has been taking to social media in the last week to encourage Ireland to close all of the country’s airports. If he were to fly out of Ireland now to fight at UFC 249, wherever that ends up being, if indeed it goes ahead, it wouldn’t be a good look.

In the last few minutes, McGregor has taken to social media to open up on the speculation that he will replace Khabib on April 18th. The former two division champion said that he is in fight shape currently and suggested that if he had a fight booked, he would be telling himself whatever he needed to hear to go ahead and fight.

However, without a fight booked, McGregor appears to have no intention of going anywhere until the coronavirus pandemic situation has improved.

McGregor went on to suggest that both Ferguson and Khabib wanted out of the fight as a result of the crazy circumstances, but it was the UFC lightweight champion who was first to show his hand.

Gaethje has also been rumoured to replace Khabib. ‘The Highlight’ however has always refused short notice fights in the past. You would think that the chances of him taking a short notice fight in the pandemic is highly unlikely.

There has also been speculation that Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal could now headline UFC 249, and also that Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington could save the card.

Speaking to ESPN earlier today, Ferguson said he needs to know the location of UFC 249, before he would entertain accepting a fight with anyone.

Without Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, do you think UFC 249 will still go ahead?

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