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Conor McGregor could replace Khabib to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 following Irishman’s trainer hint

CONOR McGREGOR'S trainer John Kavanagh has teased fans that the Notorious could face Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 instead of Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The UFC lightweight champion is currently stranded in Russia with the country in lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving it unlikely he will be in action on April 18.

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It will incredibly be the fifth time that a fight between Ferguson and Khabib will have been scrapped - much to the disappointment of fans who have been eagerly anticipating the bout.

Taking to social media, ESPN journalist Ariel Helwana tweeted out two possible options for Ferguson.

One was fighting Justin Gaethje, with the second being to wait to fight Khabib.

McGregor's trainer Kavanagh then chimed in, as he commented: "Maybe there's a third option..."

The Irishman returned to the Octogan in November where he stopped Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds in the first round.

Ferguson is still hopeful of fighting Khabib, as he claimed he does not believe Khabib's excuse that he cannot travel.

He tweeted: "April 18 Is Getting Close @TeamKhabib & You’re Hiding In Russia. Travel Bans Will Not Prevent Me From Whoopin’ That A**.

"Don’t Use It As An Excuse To Back Out. You Have Been Sent Many Locations, Send Us 1. Still My B****."

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Speaking about his situation, Khabib has said: "Currently, I am in Dagestan and I am training and preparing every day, although I don't know what am I preparing for, because after we came to Russia we also learned that the borders are going to be locked.

"Same as the States, same in Europe, Emirates -- everywhere. The whole world is in quarantine right now. So now I am hearing that they are looking to organise it with or without me. OK, go ahead.

“I am even hearing that they are looking for an opponent for Tony, because he is in the States and I am here in Russia. But I am here not on my own will."

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