UFC 249 headliners, Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje react to the abrupt cancellation of the highly-controversial battle card after Dana White revealed it’s off.
It’s been one heck of a week for everybody associated with the making of the UFC 249 battle card, none more so than the headliners themselves–Tony Ferguson and JustinGaethje With the news that the card would be hung on California tribal lands, then to the occasions co-main fighter, Rose Namajunas, having to withdraw and lastly to the cancellation of the wholecard We are all, fans and media alike, a little exhausted.
Now, both headlining fighters have actually voiced their responses to the decision that UFC president Dana White was eventually asked to make on Thursday.
Tony Ferguson responds to UFC 249 cancellation
Ferguson was on the phone with OC Register’s Brian Martin when the news dropped of the UFC 249cancellation He had actually not been informed by the UFC prior to the statement going public.
“Ohhhhh well. I’m still gonna train,” Ferguson stated. “Ummmm … you know what? I’m sure it’s for a good reason. Let’s be real. I gotta keep the faith. I gotta keep this … (expletive) … keep this small circle close, bro, and just keep focusing on what we can control, which is our heart rate and our breathing.”
Ferguson was initially expected to battle Khabib Nurmagomedov for the indisputable light-weight title however after Nurmagomedov withdrew due to travel constraints, Gaethje was put in his location for an interim title battle.
Justin Gaethje responds to UFC 249 cancellation
Gaethje responded to the news by means of his official Instagram account on Friday, here’s what he had to state about his short-term title shot.
” I actually felt a rise of energy and assistance as this battle was developing from a lot of [people] throughout the world, it was really humbling,” he composed. “I am happy to represent Safford, AZ and my excellent pals andfamily I’m going to be striving to be prepared next time the chance develops. Let’s make it through this battle we are all dealing with today by having a favorable influence on our instant environments (family, next-door neighbor, neighborhood) Thank you !! The boss [Dana White] is somebody I am happy to do business with.”
There is no word on when the UFC, or any sports, will be able to restore their operations.
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