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Khabib v Ferguson: Belarus 'makes OFFICIAL offer to host UFC 249,' says option being considered as 'Plan B'

Added 04-05-20 10:37:02am EST - “Belarus has officially offered to host the coronavirus-hit UFC 249 showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, with the UFC considering the country as a 'Plan B', according to the nation's MMA chief.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Khabib v Ferguson: Belarus 'makes OFFICIAL offer to host UFC 249,' says option being considered as 'Plan B'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Hopes that the long-awaited lightweight title showdown between Khabib and Ferguson could still happen on April 18 appeared to all-but die last week when Khabib confirmed he was stranded in Covid-19 lockdown in Dagestan.

But despite that apparent death knell, the faint embers of hope still burn among fans desperate for the fight to happen.

Some of those hopes have rested upon Belarus, a nation of 9.5 million people which borders Russia, and which has thus far largely avoided the kind of strict coronavirus curbs imposed around the world.

Led by eccentric President Alexander Lukashenko, who has urged the population to soldier on through the crisis, Belarus has thus far registered 562 Covid-19 cases and eight deaths. 

Its main football league has continued largely as normal, with matches still played in front of fans.

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