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Pros react to UFC 249 ‘Ferguson vs Gaethje’ title fight on April 18 - Khabib should feel disrespected

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MMA: UFC 229 - Weigh Ins Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced that Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje would collide for the interim lightweight title at UFC 249 fight card on April 18, 2020, at a super top secret location.

The revamped main event is a result of Khabib Nurmagomedov having to withdraw from the pay-per-view (PPV) show after coronavirus pandemic-related travel restrictions forbid him from flying out of Russia to face “El Cucuy.”

Naturally, the mixed martial arts (MMA) community took to Twitter to react to the news of the booking. And to say the emotions were mixed would be an understatement.

Interestingly enough, Ferguson was stripped of his interim title a few years ago after a “freak injury” sent him to the sidelines, so it’s interesting to see him in yet another interim fight. Of course, the win would likely secure him another booking against Nurmagomedov, which would be the sixth time the promotion would have attempted to make the fight.

Assuming Gaethje doesn’t spoil the party, of course.