(CNN)First it was off, then it looked like it might be back on again; but now, after weeks of back and forth, the highly anticipated Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson fight is finally off. UFC President Dana White, in response to a report on Twitter claiming he had reached an agreement with Russia President Vladimir Putin on travel arrangements to allow the UFC lightweight champion to come to the United States for the fight, said Nurmagomedov would not be in attendance.”Absolutely NOT true!!!” White said on Twitter. “The card is happening but @TeamKhabib is out.”READ: Liverpool legends slate club owners for using government aid to pay staffAfter returning to his home in Dagestan, Russia, from California following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Nurmagomedov said on April 1 that he would be staying in quarantine, effectively ruling him out of the clash with Ferguson. But, just a day later, he told ESPN that was still “100% willing” to fight if a location for UFC 249 could be confirmed. “Right now, if they give me location and I can come out from Russia and I can go to any country,” the 31-year-old said. “U.S., Abu Dhabi, doesn’t matter. I’m going to fight, 100

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