Dustin Poirier volunteered to replace Nurmagomedov in the battle with Ferguson

Former challenger for the UFC Absolute Fighting Championships (UFC) title, Dustin Poirier, has expressed his willingness to appear at the tournament to replace Russian athlete Habib Nurmagomedov.

“Not an ideal time frame or preparation, but any chance to prove I’m the best, I’ll take it,” MMA Junkie, 31, was quoted as saying.

On the eve of March 30, Russian UFC champion Habib Nurmagomedov suggested that his fight with American Tony Ferguson will be postponed for the fifth time. According to him, his opponent is now looking for a new opponent.

The Russian is currently training in Dagestan and cannot fly to the U.S. due to the closure of borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier that day, UFC published a promo on its Instagram page for the upcoming battle of Russian fighter Habib Nurmagomedov against American Tony Ferguson.

On March 24 it became known that the place for the championship fight between Habib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson has been found. For now it is kept secret, but it is already known that the fight will be held without spectators.

UFC 249 show, which will lead the bout for the lightweight champion belt, is scheduled for April 18. At the moment Nurmagomedov and Ferguson are the best fighters of their division. The Russian has 28 victories out of 28, the American has 25 out of 28.