Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov insists that his long-anticipated fight with Ferguson should take place on 18 April, as scheduled.
In an online-conference on Tuesday, Nurmagomedov said that they need only 100 live spectators to watch the fight, others could watch the fight at home while in quarantine.
"Just close us in the arena and you will recognise the champion", Khabib said.
#RT @MMAHistoryToday: “We need maximum 100 people inside the arena. Put camera on and give Pay-Per-View. People in quarantine can sit home and have fun”— Nelle Clifton (@CliftonNelle) March 17, 2020
Khabib really wants this Tony Ferguson fight. pic.twitter.com/0jEkIMCv74
The location for their fight, however, remains unknown. UFC President Dana White said that the organisation was considering other potential venues for the fight and is soon expected to come up with at least two possible options. He also insisted the fight would take place no matter what.
Khabib's father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, also told Russia's RBC Sports that the fight was "most likely" to be held in Dubai, where the heat would help fight the virus and where they would pay "faster and easier".