Days after lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0-0) confirmed that he was stuck in Russia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in the country, the UFC confirmed today that the No.4 Gaethje will step in for the undisputed champion.
The fight is signed and is 100% ON LIVE on ESPN somewhere on EARTH!!!! 😃@TonyFergusonXT vs @Justin_Gaethje is LIVE on @espn+ PPV April 18th for the interim lightweight belt! pic.twitter.com/aH44zg5K30
— danawhite (@danawhite) April 6, 2020
— UFC (@ufc) April 6, 2020
The move reaffirms the probability that UFC 249 will happen, although the new location has not been revealed as of yet by president Dana White.
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) April 6, 2020
The 31-year-old “Highlight” comes into the fight with a three fight win streak, including finishing Donald Cerrone in his last contest at UFC on ESPN+ 16 in Vancouver.