DANA: WE ALL MADE BAD DECISIONS
UFC supremo Dana White has defended Khabib Nurmagomedov over his title fight withdrawal – and admitted making “bad decisions” as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the world.
Nurmagomedov got stuck in Russia due to sudden travel restrictions after he was due to put his undisputed UFC lightweight title on the line against Tony Ferguson on April 18
So Justin Gaethje was called in for an interim title fight with Ferguson on Saturday’s rescheduled UFC 249.
White told BT Sport: “I’m sure you saw today, Khabib posted, ‘Hey, as soon as Ramadan is over, I’m ready to roll’.
“There was a lot of questioning Khabib. People were saying ‘Oh, he got trapped in Russia’ or whatever. What he said is absolutely true.
“None of us saw coming what happened and how fast it was rapidly changing and the world was literally changing by the day.
“We all made some bad decisions that got him stuck in Moscow. It wasn’t just him, we all did. I take responsibility for that too.
“It happened, and you know what we get out of that? We get Gaethje versus Ferguson, which is gonna be absolutely ridiculous.”