Ben Askren Offers Suggestion on How to Make Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson Happen
By FCF Staff
Dana White continues to insist that he’s going to find a way to hold UFC 249 and Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson, despite the coronavirus pandemic. More recently, Ben Askren proposed canceling the undercard for UFC 249, as a means to ensure Nurmagomedov and Ferguson fight.
UFC 249 was originally scheduled for April 18th in Brooklyn, New York. But, due to a temporary ban on public gatherings, the card cannot take place in the city. Recently Askren spoke with Submission Radio, and he made the following proposal, regarding the card’s lightweight, title fight (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“The one thing I said last night was, let’s not get greedy, Dana, let’s make this really simple,” Askren said. “All we need is Tony and Khabib, we don’t need an f’ing undercard. So, in America they’re doing 10 people maximum, you can’t have more than 10 people in a group. So, you’ve got Tony, Khabib, three judges. But, you could also have the judges be remote. So, you don’t actually have to have them there. Your referee, you have Dana, you have Bruce Buffer and you have Joe Rogan maybe. Maybe we take the judges out and make the judges remote at a remote location and we give them each two coaches or something, or one coach. I think there’s a way to do it to keep it under ten people and broadcast it.”
“It’s awesome. Please, please don’t cancel it.”
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been booked to fight four times in the past, but each bout has fallen through due to medical issues or injuries.