Tony Ferguson may have been frustratingly made to wait to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov once again but he is not the only man UFC fans are longing for him to face and the prospect of a showdown with Conor McGregor is enticing.

Khabib was supposed to defend his lightweight strap against Ferguson in a huge fight in Brooklyn this month, only for the coronavirus pandemic to put paid to the bout.

It was the fifth time the two have had a scheduled fight cancelled and Ferguson will instead face Justin Gaethje at a venue yet to be decided.

Should Ferguson win that fight a long-awaited date with Khabib must surely happen but you would expect at some point he will dance with the big-talking McGregor as well.

In the seventh instalment of the UFC dream fights we would love to see, we delve further into the records of Ferguson and McGregor.


WHY DO WE WANT TO SEE THIS FIGHT?

The lightweight division is one of the most congested in UFC in terms of top-level fighters and Ferguson has long-since sought a huge bout with Khabib or McGregor.

None of the three men have ever ducked a challenge and with McGregor having reignited his love of the fight game there would be few trickier tests than Ferguson.

Khabib is the man to topple at 145lbs right now, but McGregor versus Ferguson is certainly a fight that would get tails wagging.


GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

McGregor is a Hall of Fame shoo-in and a man who is credited with elevating UFC to new levels.

The Irishman is a trailblazer in MMA and knocked out the fearsome Jose Aldo to win the featherweight title in 2015, just a year later he was a class above Eddie Alvarez to secure the lightweight strap – thus becoming the first man in UFC history to hold two belts in two weight divisions simultaneously. 

Rafael dos Anjos, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone – who McGregor defeated in his latest comeback – are among the names to have fallen to Ferguson.

In October 2017, Ferguson beat Kevin Lee in an interim lightweight title bout.


WHAT'S THEIR MMA RECORD (W-L-D)?

McGregor: 22-4-0

Ferguson: 26-3-0


TALE OF THE TAPE

McGregor:

Age: 31
Height: 5' 9" (175 cm)
Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
Reach 74"
Leg Reach: 40"

Ferguson:

Age: 36
Height: 5'11" (180cm)
Weight: 155lbs (70kg)
Reach: 76"
Leg Reach: 40"


WHAT THEY'VE SAID ABOUT A POTENTIAL FIGHT

"One thing I can tell you is that I have never backed down from fighting anyone, anywhere, and that holds true today," McGregor replied when asked about fighting the winner of Khabib-Ferguson, prior to the fight's cancellation, last month.

"Nobody else deserves that a** whopping [other than] two people: that's McNuggets and Team Tiramisu. That is Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor," Ferguson may be fighting Gaethje but, after Khabib pulled out of UFC 249, he was clear on the two opponents he wants to face.


FIGHT STATS IN UFC

McGregor:

- McGregor has a 49 per cent significant strike success rate. Out of 1,110 such attempts, 543 have landed. 77 per cent of these strikes come from a standing position, with 13 per cent from the ground.

- The Irishman averages 5.43 significant strikes landed per minute and absorbs 4.4.

- In defence, McGregor has avoided 55 per cent of significant strikes, and seen off 70 per cent of takedown attempts.

- The majority of McGregor's attempts are to the head, with 383 (71 per cent) landed in that area, compared to 92 (17 per cent) and 68 (13 per cent) to the body and legs.

Ferguson:

- Ferguson has connected with 936 of his 2065 attempted significant strikes.

- That gives him a significant strikes success rate of 45 per cent.

- He has attempted 90 per cent of his strikes from a standing position.

- In terms of defence, Ferguson has guarded against 75 per cent of takedown attempts and avoided 64 per cent of strikes.

UFC president Dana White said he is "a day or two away" from securing a private island for international fights amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been doubts over UFC 249 due to COVID-19 but the event – which was originally set to be held in Brooklyn on April 18 – will go ahead, with Justin Gaethje replacing Khabib Nurmagomedov as Tony Ferguson's opponent in the interim lightweight championship bout.

Travel restrictions have prevented unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib from entering the United States and Dubai, prompting the Russian superstar to be replaced.

While the location for UFC 249 remains undisclosed, White revealed he is working on a deal for international fighters to compete on a private island.

"I locked this [UFC 249] venue up for two months," White told TMZ. "I have this venue for two months, I'm setting up shop here. We're gonna be pumping out fights every week.

"I have also — I'm a day or two away from securing a private island. I have a private island I've secured. We're getting the infrastructure put in now, so I'm gonna start doing the international fights, too, with international fighters.

"I won't be able to get international fighters, all of them, into the U.S., so I have a private island. I'm going to start flying them all into the private island and doing international fights from there. So as of April 18, the UFC is back up and running."

Despite coronavirus bringing most sport to a standstill, UFC 249 will go ahead behind closed doors but the Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP) called for the indefinite suspension of all combat sports events on Monday.

"Any combat sport taking place during this global pandemic places the athletes, officials, and anyone else involved in the event under unnecessary risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19," ARP's statement read.

"In addition, combat sports athletes often require medical attention after a bout, and we do not wish to see any additional strain on an already overwhelmed medical system."

On medical concerns, White said: "There won't be any fans at this thing. No fans. And everybody is going to be pre-tested, and tested, and tested.

"We're gonna make sure that 100 percent healthy athletes, healthy athletic commission people, healthy judges, referees, my production people, that everybody there is gonna be healthy. We're gonna make sure that everybody is gonna be safe, before, during, and after the fights."

Dana White said UFC 249 is "100 per cent on" after Justin Gaethje replaced Khabib Nurmagomedov as Tony Ferguson's opponent in the main event.

Unbeaten UFC lightweight champion Khabib was originally set to face Ferguson in the blockbuster title bout in Brooklyn on April 18 before the coronavirus pandemic scuppered those plans.

Travel restrictions have prevented Khabib from entering the United States and Dubai, but the Russian superstar had not given up hope of fighting Ferguson as White looked into an alternate location.

The location of UFC 249 – set to be staged without fans – remains undisclosed, however Ferguson (25-3) will now step into the octagon against fellow American Gaethje (21-3) for the interim lightweight championship.

White wrote via Twitter on Monday: "The fight is signed and is 100 per cent ON LIVE on ESPN somewhere on EARTH!!!! @TonyFergusonXT vs @Justin_Gaethje is LIVE on @espn+ PPV April 18th for the interim lightweight belt!"

Gaethje, who has claimed three consecutive finishes over Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza and James Vick, Tweeted: "#forthepeople I'm terrified and I f***** love it #ufc".

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc globally, bringing sport to a standstill following the postponement or cancellation of major events such as the Olympic Games, Euro 2020, Wimbledon and more.

More than 74,000 people have died around the world, with over 1.3million confirmed cases.

In the United States, there have been in excess of 10,700 casualties and 364,000 confirmed cases.

 

When discussing the best fighters in UFC right now it would be remiss not to mention Henry Cejudo's name, and beating Alexander Volkanovski to win a title in a third division would boost his claims.

A stellar 2019 has made Cejudo unavoidable in the often crazy world of MMA and the American, an Olympic champion in 2008, still has huge ambitions.

Cejudo beat the legendary Demetrious Johnson to become flyweight champion in 2018, before claiming the bantamweight belt last June.

Volkanovski has steadily enhanced his reputation in UFC and, since becoming featherweight champion, has been challenged to a future showdown by Cejudo for a bout that would certainly create plenty of intrigue.

In the sixth edition of our UFC dream fights we would love to see series, we have perused the careers of Cejudo and Volkanovski. 


WHY DO WE WANT TO SEE THIS FIGHT?

Cejudo has earned a 'king of cringe' moniker for his antics outside the Octagon, which included turning up to his UFC 238 news conference with a robe and crown.

But while there may be an awkwardness to Cejudo, he is a phenomenal athlete and fighter, and he absolutely thrives on challenges.

Stepping up to try to win a third belt may be seen as questionable by some, but Volkanovski could be a fun dance partner for Cejudo.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Cejudo sealed an 'upset of the year' win when he dethroned pound-for-pound great Johnson at UFC 247 to become just the second flyweight champion in UFC history, avenging a defeat to the same man two years earlier. Just five months later, Cejudo defeated TJ Dillashaw in 32 seconds and then won the vacant bantamweight belt with a come-from-behind TKO win over Marlon Moraes. 

Volkanovski defeated elite names in the form of Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo, one of the all-time greats, to earn a featherweight title showdown with Max Holloway at UFC 245 in December. The Australian scored a unanimous decision victory to end Holloway's 14-win streak at that weight.


WHAT'S THEIR MMA RECORD (W-L-D)?

Cejudo: 15-2-0

Volkanovski: 21-1-0


TALE OF THE TAPE

Cejudo:

Age: 33
Height: 5'4" (162cm)
Weight: 125lbs (56kg)
Reach: 64"
Leg Reach: 37"

Volkanovski:

Age: 31
Height: 5'6" (167cm)
Weight:  145lbs (65kg)
Reach: 71"
Leg Reach: 36"


WHAT THEY'VE SAID ABOUT A POTENTIAL FIGHT

"Here we go! My next opponent after Jose Baldo, I wanna go after that overgrown midget, Alexandra Volkanovski. So if you're hearing this, You're next!" Cejudo was in fight mode when calling out Volkanovski when promoting his scheduled upcoming bout with Aldo.

"Henry, he's going to do his thing and talk and get his name and try to stay relevant and all that and good on him. But if that happens, and he fights, and we do face each other in the Octagon, he'll regret calling me out pretty quick," Volkanovski is ready to wage war with Cejudo.


FIGHT STATS IN UFC

Cejudo:

- Cejudo has connected with 530 of his 1185 attempted significant strikes, a success rate of 45 per cent.

- On average, he lands 3.82 significant strikes per minute and absorbs 2.73.

- In terms of defense, Cejudo has guarded against 66 per cent of significant strikes and impressive 91 per cent of takedown attempts.

- Cejudo has successfully completed 19 of 57 takedown attempts.

Volkanovski:

- Volkanovski has a successful significant strikes rate of 57 per cent.

- Of the 1196 such strikes he has attempted, 684 have connected with his opponents.

- He has completed 16 of 46 takedowns (a success rate of 35 per cent).

- Volkanovski has defended 73 per cent of takedown attempts, and seen off 60 per cent of significant strikes against him.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has not given up hope of facing Tony Ferguson in their blockbuster lightweight title bout, insisting he will "100 per cent" fight if he can travel from Russia.

Khabib appeared to announce this month's UFC 249 blockbuster had been postponed for the fifth time due to the coronavirus pandemic via social media on Wednesday, with travel restrictions preventing the Russian superstar from entering the United States and Dubai.

Unbeaten UFC lightweight champion Khabib was due to face American Ferguson on April 18, but the COVID-19 outbreak meant the event could not take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with president Dana White looking for an alternate location.

However, Khabib (28-0) is eyeing an August date if the upcoming clash is officially called off.

"June, July, two months, then August I can fight," Khabib told ESPN. "I hear the UFC wants to make a show in San Francisco [in August].

"If not, let's fight in Abu Dhabi middle of September. Or fight now, before Ramadan. April 18, we're supposed to fight, but where? This is the question."

Khabib – who dismissed talk of a rematch against Conor McGregor – added: "Every day I train… morning and night. Right now, I'm one of the biggest starts in UFC. I'm undefeated and undisputed lightweight champion. This isn't a regular fight. How can it be 16 days before a fight and I don't know location? This isn't professional.

"If I can come out from Russia, I'm going to fight 100 per cent. Just give me location. Everyday I send Dana White a message for location. Too much crazy stuff and questions, and no answer.

"I understand people are upset because this is a dream fight for fans. This is my dream fight. I lose my money, I lose so much money and things. Nobody lose like I lose."

Conor McGregor has taken a swipe at old foe Khabib Nurmagomedov, accusing him of "chickening out" of his lightweight title showdown with Tony Ferguson.

For the fifth time, a mouth-watering bout between Khabib and Ferguson was cancelled with the former stating he was unable to travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ferguson responded with a foul-mouthed tirade against both Khabib and McGregor, who said the two were always involved in a game of chicken ahead of the proposed UFC 249 bout in Brooklyn.

McGregor feels Ferguson won the game of wits against Khabib and insists he is himself in fighting shape.

"I am in shape to fight right now!" McGregor posted on Twitter. 

"At the beginning of all this, I said to myself – I'm happy I don't have an official fight booked. 

"If I did, I would have consumed all the incorrect data to support me taking part in the bout, and I would have followed through, competed. And won.

"The fact of this matter is, both Tony and Khabib where [sic] engaged in a game of chicken here towards the fight bell. 

"With Khabib chickening out first. Making it 3-2 in pullouts in Tony's favour. Khab scurried out of the U.S. to home, and amid the crisis. Very high risk.

"Congrats Tony."

Khabib made McGregor submit in the main event of UFC 229 in October 2018, with the two camps involved in an ugly post-fight brawl.

Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson is the fight every UFC fan wants to see but frustratingly the MMA gods have conspired to once again keep us waiting on a dream bout.

The bad-luck story for this match-up has led to several people labelling it 'cursed', and with the latest attempt to get these two together in the Octagon cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic even those most sceptical of such superstitions may be wondering if it is.

Lightweight champion Khabib was slated to put his belt on the line against Ferguson at UFC 249 in Brooklyn on April 18, only to pull out due to travel restrictions caused by the spread of COVID-19.

Below we have taken a look at each of the times this fight was cancelled.


OCTOBER 2015: RIB INJURY RULES OUT KHABIB

This story dates back almost five years. In August 2015, UFC booked two of its brightest lightweights to get it on at the finale of the 22nd season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' in December. However, two months before the fight, Khabib – who had worked his way back from two serious knee injuries – suffered a broken rib that left him pondering if he would fight again.


APRIL 2016: FERGUSON SUFFERS LUNG ISSUE

So, take two then. At the start of the following year, Khabib-Ferguson was made part of the UFC on Fox card set for April 16. Just 11 days before that date, it was Ferguson's turn to be struck by injury woe as a lung issue prevented him from getting in the Octagon.


MARCH 2017: KHABIB HOSPITALISED BEFORE UFC 209

Making a third bout between the two was hit by a little snag, namely Ferguson holding out for more money. Eventually, it was made the co-main event of UFC 209 for the interim lightweight title with full champion Conor McGregor on an MMA hiatus to prepare for his boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Just a day prior to the showdown, Khabib was hospitalised due to "weight-management issues". A fuming Dana White accused Khabib's team of going "rogue".


APRIL 2018: SURELY NOT AGAIN?!

For the fourth time, UFC announced Khabib versus Ferguson for the main event of UFC 223. This time surely the fight was going to happen?! Alas, no. Ferguson required surgery on his lateral collateral ligament and once again MMA fans were starved of the fight.


APRIL 2020: CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS GROUND KHABIB

This long tale of woe endured its latest chapter of bad luck thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite protestations the fight would go on, even in the likely absence of fans, it was becoming increasingly unlikely. It came as little surprise when Khabib pulled out, stating he was unable to travel. Ferguson may still have an opponent with Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje having all been suggested as stand-ins … but for now the fight we all want to see remains frustratingly on the backburner.

Somebody's '0' would have to go in a fight where there would be little love lost between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa.

The battle for middleweight supremacy would be on the line in a bout where egos would be as bruised as bodies and an unbeaten MMA record would be consigned to the scrapheap.

Adesanya, the division's champion, has spoken of chasing big-money fights with Jon Jones and even Conor McGregor.

But for now the Nigeria-born New Zealander has a score to settle with Costa and fight fans would undoubtedly relish the prospect of these two mixing it in the Octagon.

In the fifth edition of our UFC dream fights we would love to see series, we have profiled Adesanya and Costa in closer detail.


WHY DO WE WANT TO SEE THIS FIGHT?

Because these guys have been on a collision course for some time and only a biceps injury sustained by Costa has made us wait this long.

Jibes have already been thrown back and forth, with Costa accusing Adesanya of ducking the challenge of light-heavyweight king Jones.

Adesanya's kick-boxing brilliance and Costa's pressure fighting would make this a fight of real intrigue.


GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Adesanya became the UFC's interim middleweight champion with a unanimous decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum in a classic a year ago. He then defeated the legendary Robert Whittaker in October with a stunning knockout to unify the division.

Each of Costa's first four fight wins in a UFC ring came via way of KO/TKO and he defeated Yoel Romero via unanimous decision in August.


WHAT'S THEIR MMA RECORD (W-L-D)?

Adesanya: 19-0-0

Costa: 13-0-0


TALE OF THE TAPE

Adesanya:

Age: 30
Height: 6'4" (193cm)
Weight: 185lbs (84kg)
Reach: 80"
Leg reach: 44"

Costa:

Age: 28
Height: 6'1" (185cm)
Weight: 185lbs (84kg)
Reach: 72"
Leg reach: 39"


WHAT THEY'VE SAID ABOUT A POTENTIAL FIGHT

"He's [Costa] a guy that I don't have to poke that much, I don't have to prod," Adesanya told ESPN. "I'm going to have fun with the press conference with this one. I'm going to have fun with the lead-up. I'm going to have fun with poking the bear."

"Against Adesanya, it's personal," Costa said in quotes reported by MMA Junkie this month. "It's not just to fight for the belt or the money or something like this. No, it's personal."


FIGHT STATS IN UFC

Adesanya:

- Adesanya has connected with 503 of his 1,032 attempted significant strikes, a success rate of 49 per cent.

- Of his successful strikes, 88 per cent have come from a standing position.

- On the defensive side, Adesanya has guarded against 87 per cent of takedown attempts.

- He has also seen off 66 per cent of strikes against him.

Costa:

- Costa has landed 307 of his 531 attempted significant strikes, giving him a success rate of 58 per cent.

- As with Adesanya, Costa tends to strike from a standing position - with 82 per cent coming via that method.

- He has successfully blocked 80 per cent of takedown attempts against him.

- Costa has also thwarted 54 per cent of strikes from his opponents.

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he is more upset than anybody that his fight with Tony Ferguson has been postponed for a fifth time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Unbeaten UFC lightweight champion Khabib was due to face American Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18, but the COVID-19 outbreak meant the event could not take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Khabib had been informed it was "99 per cent" certain that he would still do battle with Ferguson and Abu Dhabi was set to stage the event.

The 31-year-old Russian on Wednesday stated there is no chance he can fight as he follows orders to remain at home after coming in for criticism for the latest cancellation.

He posted on Instagram: "Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight?

"I understand everything and I'm definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can't control it all.

"The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably.

"But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying? Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes."

Jon Jones accepted "full responsibility" after reaching a plea deal in his case for driving while intoxicated.

The UFC light heavyweight champion entered a guilty plea to a charge relating to an incident in New Mexico on March 26.

Jones will avoid jail time but must reportedly serve 96 hours in a community custody program similar to house arrest.

The 32-year-old is also said to have accepted outpatient therapy and a fine after agreeing a deal with prosecutors, which saw other charges against Jones dropped. 

A statement released via Jones' publicist read: "While we all work to understand and cope with stress and uncertainties surrounding the current state of our world, I want to express how truly disappointed I am that I have become the source of a negative headline again, especially during these trying times. 

"I am disappointed for letting down the people I care about the most – my family, friends and my fans. 

"This morning I entered into a plea deal with the Albuquerque DA's office. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I know that I have some personal work to do to which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with.

"I have dedicated so much time and energy to improve my community, and I will not allow this personal setback to hinder my work within the community when we need it most. 

"I truly appreciate the support I have received from the community of Albuquerque and all my fans around the world. 

"I very much look forward to putting this behind me. Thank you all for your continued love and support and please take care of yourselves."

It is exactly 35 years since Wrestlemania I took place and never has the mantra 'the show must go on' been more apt than in the world of WWE.

While the globe has been ground to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic, Vince McMahon's global sports entertainment behemoth has continued with its weekly television shows Raw and Smackdown filmed in the absence of live audiences at the company's performance center.

Indeed, WWE's flagship event Wrestlemania is going ahead in the same fashion despite the breakout of COVID-19, which curtailed hosting the show at the original location of the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Fan favourites including John Cena, Becky Lynch, Bray Wyatt, Charlotte Flair, Edge, Randy Orton and Bill Goldberg are scheduled to appear on a bumper card shown over Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

But there will also be the presence of former NFL star Rob Gronkowski, who is slated to serve as host of Wrestlemania 36.

The ex-New England Patriots tight end – who helped his buddy Mojo Rawley win the 'Andre the Giant Battle Royal' during the Wrestlemania 33 pre-show – is not the first athlete to show up in WWE. Here we take a look at some others.

WAYNE ROONEY

England and Manchester United's record goalscorer had a run-in with Wade Barrett during a November 2015 edition of Monday Night Raw.

Preston fan Barrett, incensed by what he felt was a dive by Rooney in an FA Cup tie between his team and United nine months prior, said the now Derby County midfielder embarrasses his son "every time you step on a football pitch". Rooney retaliated with a slap.

RONDA ROUSEY

"Ronda's gonna kill ya..." was the chant emanating around Levi's Stadium as the fearsome Ronda Rousey stepped between the ropes at Wrestlemania 31.

Accompanied by WWE great Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, now a worldwide movie star, UFC icon Rousey was involved in a spat with the legendary Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon.

Three years later, Rousey partnered Olympic gold medallist Kurt Angle to defeat 'The Game' and 'The Billion Dollar Princess'. In January 2018, she became an in-ring regular and won Raw's women's title, which she dropped to Lynch a year ago.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL

Better known for slam dunks, former Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal got in a choke slam at Wrestlemania 32.

The four-time NBA champion had a stare down with the Big Show, before the two combined to slam the 'Big Red Machine' Kane.

RICKY HATTON

Ricky Hatton earned hordes of fans throughout a brilliant boxing career.

In November 2009, 'The Hitman' stepped into a different kind of ring to host an episode of Raw from Sheffield Arena.

Hatton even donned the gloves to land a knockout punch on Chavo Guerrero Jr., with whom he had feuded on the evening.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has beaten them all in the boxing ring, as his 50-0 record proves.

But it was a true case of David vs Goliath when Mayweather, approximately 5'7" and 150lbs, came up against the 7'2", 500lb giant The Big Show at Wrestlemania 24.

Despite the notable size advantage, Big Show was distracted by a member of Mayweather's entourage hitting him with a chair and 'Money' delivered a telling blow, albeit while wearing brass knuckles, to knock out his huge opponent.

PETE ROSE

Pete Rose is a legend of the baseball world, holding MLB's all-time hits record and winning the World Series on three occasions.

Rose was part of the 1970s Cincinnati Reds team that earned the nickname 'The Big Red Machine'.

But his run in with WWE's own 'Big Red Machine' Kane during the late 1990s and 2000 have become the thing of wrestling folklore.

On one such occasion at Wrestlemania 15, Rose was disguised as a chicken and earned a beatdown from Kane, including his devastating tombstone finishing manoeuvre.

MIKE TYSON

'Iron' Mike Tyson is no stranger to a WWE ring.

'The Baddest Man on the Planet' had an infamous showdown with 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, one of the all-time greats in WWE, on an episode of Raw and had seemingly sided with one of the company's most famous stables D-Generation X before one of its members Shawn Michaels faced Austin at Wrestlemania 14.

However, during the event Tyson showed his true allegiance, counting the pin for Austin and clocking Michaels. Some 12 years later, Tyson buried the hatchet with his DX foes, unveiling a shirt with their logo on and knocking out Chris Jericho during a Raw segment.

MUHAMMAD ALI

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee - did you know this boxing legend starred in WWE?

Okay, sure, back then it was known as WWF when Ali was one of the guest referees at the first Wrestlemania at New York's Madison Square Garden for the main event between 'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan and A-Team star Mr. T versus 'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper.

BROCK LESNAR

Few men strike fear in their opponents quite like Brock Lesnar, who is as well known for his two stints in WWE as he is for being a former UFC heavyweight champion.

Lesnar is a multi-time champion in the organisation and will defend his WWE title against Drew McIntyre this weekend.

TYSON FURY

'The Gypsy King' recently crowned his own personal road to recovery by knocking out Deontay Wilder to become the WBC heavyweight champion.

The big-talking Briton warmed up for that bout by enjoying a short run in WWE, feuding with 'The Monster Among Men' Braun Strowman, which resulted in Fury in earning a count-out win over his huge opponent at WWE's Crown Jewel pay-per-view last October.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is anticipating his proposed fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 will be postponed for a fifth time as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the unbeaten UFC lightweight champion claimed promoters are trying to schedule a fight for Ferguson "with or without him".

Nurmagomedov, who has a 28-0 record, had been due to face Ferguson in New York on April 18 but the event cannot be held at Barclays Center due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Now back in his native Russia, Nurmagomedov revealed he had been told it was "99 per cent" that he would still face Ferguson in Abu Dhabi, but now believes the UFC are planning the card without one of their most high-profile fighters.

"Now I am hearing that they are looking to organise it with or without me. Okay, go ahead," Nurmagomedov said on an Instagram live chat.

"Everyone should follow the laws. I am not against it, I know that fighters need to feed their families and pay their bills. I know how hard it is for the fighter. Unless they fight they aren't getting any money.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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“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."

He added: "The UFC told me that this fight 100 per cent isn't happening in the USA, and even if it's not happening in the Emirates it will happen on this side of Atlantic. We discussed everything with the UFC. 

"Now I don't really know what's going on. It's really hard to train and cut your weight when the whole world is locked down and you don't know what you are preparing for. But it's not the first time I face obstacles in my career."

On the previous four occasions Nurmagomedov and Ferguson had been due to meet in the octagon, health or fitness issues forced cancellations.

Ferguson accused Nurmagomedov of using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to avoid him, writing on Twitter: "April 18 Is Getting Close @TeamKhabib & You're Hiding In Russia.

"Travel Bans Will Not Prevent Me From Whoopin' That Ass. Don't Use It As An Excuse To Back Out. You Have Been Sent Many Locations, Send Us 1."

According to a report from ESPN, Ferguson has been offered an alternative fight with Justin Gaethje as an alternative option.

Welterweight Jorge Masvidal, who is one of the leading contenders in the weight class above Ferguson, also appeared to make his availability known by tweeting "April 18 I'm free #theresurrection".

Jon Jones' name will forever be mentioned among the pantheon of MMA greats but the chance to cement his legacy by beating heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is one that must be enticing.

In a career that notes just one defeat, and even that has an asterisk next to it given it was a contentious disqualification loss to Matt Hamill back in December 2009, Jones has fair claims to call himself the greatest of all time.

The UFC light heavyweight champion has defeated all before him in the division and many are now clamouring for him to step up in weight.

That would present the intriguing possibility of a showdown with Miocic, a man who has forged his own reputation as a fearsome competitor in UFC.

In the fourth edition of our UFC dream fights we would love to see series, we have profiled Jones and Miocic's records in the Octagon.


WHY DO WE WANT TO SEE THIS FIGHT?

Jones was not entirely convincing in his previous two title defences against Thiago Santos and Dominick Reyes and rematches with either man, particularly the latter, should not be discounted.

But in truth there is little else for 'Bones' to accomplish at light heavyweight and if the opportunity to fight for a second belt arises it is one he should grasp.

Miocic, 37, has wins over the likes of Daniel Cormier, Francis Ngannou and Junior Dos Santos on his resume and would be a mouth-watering opponent for Jones.


GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Where do you even start with Jones' achievements? He has simply dominated at light heavyweight and holds UFC records in the division for most title defences, most wins, longest win streak and most submission wins. There is little wonder Jones' name is at the top of most people's pound-for-pound greatest.

Miocic is a two-time UFC heavyweight champion, first winning the strap off Fabricio Werdum in May 2016 and defeating Cormier in a rematch for the belt last August. No other heavyweight has more consecutive title defences than Miocic's three.


WHAT'S THEIR MMA RECORD (W-L-D)?

Jones: 26-1-0

Miocic: 19-3-0


TALE OF THE TAPE

Jones:

Age: 32
Height: 6'4" (193cm)
Weight: 205lbs (93kg)
Reach: 84"
Leg Reach: 45"

Miocic:

Age: 37
Height: 6'4" (193cm)
Weight: 240lbs (109kg)
Reach: 80"
Leg Reach: 39"


WHAT THEY'VE SAID ABOUT A POTENTIAL FIGHT

Jones said in an interview with UFC in February: "If the UFC comes to me and offers me a big title fight against Stipe for big dollars, I'm obviously going to take that. I'm always getting thrown in with greatest fighters of all-time. I think the reason it's even an argument is because I haven't secured a second belt. Once I do that, it won't be much of an argument anymore."

Miocic told FloCombat: "Listen, I'll fight anyone. If the UFC wants me to fight Jon, I'll fight him. I'm the baddest man on the planet for a reason. He can think what he wants, whatever. Listen, at the end of the day I am relevant."


FIGHT STATS IN UFC

Jones:

- Jones has landed 1,463 of the 2,526 significant strikes he has attempted, giving him a success rate of 58 per cent.

- The 32-year-old has attempted 95 takedowns, completing 44 per cent.

- He has blocked a sensational 95 per cent of takedown attempts from his opponents, and guarded against 64 per cent of significant strikes.

- Jones lands on average 4.3 significant strikes per minute and absorbs 2.22.

Miocic:

- Of the 1,621 significant strikes Miocic has attempted, 843 have landed (a 52 per cent success rate).

- Miocic has defended 57 per cent of such strikes against him, and seen off 73 per cent of takedown attempts.

- The majority of his strikes come from a standing position (576, 68 per cent).

- In terms of grappling, Miocic has completed 25 of 66 takedowns.

Conor McGregor has urged Irish politicians to utilise military forces to make sure people adhere to the lockdown enforced amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week, UFC star McGregor pledged to donate €1million worth of protective equipment to hospitals in his country, which has had over 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 22 deaths.

Now, in response to the Irish government placing stricter restrictions on the general public for two weeks on Friday, McGregor wants to see the military on hand to make sure people only leave their homes if they need to buy food or their work is essential.

"We have now entered a more substantial lockdown and I am pleased to see it," McGregor said in a video uploaded to his Facebook account.

"We must abide by the legislations put forth by our leaders. Now more than ever we must abide by this and I pray for the health and safety of our country that we do.

"The fate of our lives and the lives of our loved ones depends on it."

McGregor added: "Our defence forces have been mentioned as a possibility in assisting our 50,000 Gardai available, but only if necessary.

"However, it is necessary. I urge the government to utilise our defence forces alongside Gardai Siochana and for full, 24-hour patrol. We cannot go by chance here.

"Any less than full adherence to these newly put-forward methods by any members of our society will not only be a mockery to what we are attempting to do here, it will put the rest of our great nation in danger. We just cannot take that chance.

"I know our nation will comply but please utilise all our available assets to assist with this."

The Dubliner also called on the country's airports to be closed immediately and suggested the only flights which should be allowed are ones carrying "essential medical equipment" or those returning health workers from abroad. 

McGregor concluded: "To President [Michael] Higgins, to all of our leaders, close our airports, utilise our defence forces.

"To the nation, abide by these measures impeccably."

Dana White said he is trying to build the "baddest card" in the history of sport for UFC 249, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

White has already revealed the venue for the lightweight title showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is "99.9 per cent" confirmed, though UFC 249 will be a closed event without fans due to coronavirus.

UFC 249 had originally been set for April 18 in Brooklyn, however the COVID-19 crisis has forced president White to consider other options, with additional fights possible.

"We're building a card where people can still manoeuvre and still get in," White told ESPN.

"We're trying to build the baddest card that's ever been done in the history of the sport … some of the things are going to work out, and some of the things might not work out.

"We're trying to figure out if they don't, what do we do? … Actually, Francis [Ngannou] is one of the guys we're looking at, too. Yes, yes, yes [against Jairzinho Rozenstruik]."

More than 21,100 people have died from coronavirus worldwide, while there have been over 468,600 confirmed cases.

In the United States, casualties are nearing 1,000 as cases rise to over 65,000.

The health emergency has brought sport to a standstill, while it has led to job losses across the globe.

White, however, denied a report claiming the UFC would begin laying off a number of employees due to coronavirus.

"Not true", White told TMZ Sports. "Nobody's getting laid off; it's not gonna happen!"

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