Tony Ferguson was told of UFC 249 cancellation by a reporter MID-INTERVIEW leaving him stunned – The Sun
TONY FERGUSON was left stunned after he found out mid-interview that UFC 249 was cancelled.
The American, 36, was set to fight Justin Gaethje on April 18 after Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced to pull out.
UFC chief Dana White confirmed on Friday that the event had to be axed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But Ferguson did not find out until he was informed by a reporter during an interview.
The 36-year-old immediately responded: "Oh wow."
After a brief moment of silence, he added: "Oh well, I'm still going to train.
"I'm sure it's for a good reason. Let's be real. I got to keep faith.
"Every single time I wake up in the morning, when I do my work, say my prayers and I do [stuff], I hug my little boy… kiss my wife.
"I just – keep doing what I'm doing. What am I gonna do?"
Ferguson vowed to keep smiling and revealed his plan to keep training despite not knowing when his next fight will be.
He said: "The constant is things are always gonna change. The variable is how am I gonna react to it?
"So we could throw that variable, baby, and we make that the constant.
"Which is why I'm gonna keep smiling, I'm gonna keep training, and you know what? I'm gonna put on some muscle.
"Dude, I'm skinny. I'm gonna put on some muscle.
"I'm gonna try my best, I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna try my best. If i fall, I'll get back up."
Reports claimed UFC 249 would take place on tribal land in California to swerve coronavirus distancing measures.
White also revealed that he had secured a private island that he planned to use to host the blockbuster events.
But he revealed on Friday that top executives at Disney and ESPN asked him to "stand down".
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