Khabib Calls UFC 223 Bout Biggest in UFC Today
After multiple failed attempts for the fight to go down, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will finally meet in the main event of UFC 223. And after months of inactivity from Conor McGregor, the lightweight championship will have a new holder.
As reported by MMA Mania, the stakes are extremely high for the lightweight division, as the two fighters in this bout are riding hot streaks and are two of the most talked about in the world today. Ferguson comes in riding a 10-fight win streak, most recently defeating Kevin Lee for the interim title at UFC 216 and defeating former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos back in November 2016.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, recently defeated Edson Barboza in one of the biggest one-sided fights in UFC history at UFC 219 in December, improving to 25-0.
“UFC never make this fight. 25 years UFC history, they never make fight like this fight. This is high-level fight,” Nurmagomedov said. “This is going to be very good for fans, for guy who gonna take this belt, UFC gonna make money. Everyone gonna be happy because this fight very high level fight and this fight most important fight in UFC today.”
Health issues between 2012 and 2014 stunted Nurmagomedov’s ability to do more earlier in his career, and an interim title fight with Ferguson scheduled about a year ago was called off after Nurmagomedov fell ill due to a bad weight cut. But with a win on April 7 in Brooklyn, Nurmagomedov has the chance to give his argument as being the pound-for-pound best in the UFC, and possibly a fall showdown in Russia against McGregor.
I’m going to make this fight easy. People gonna talk about this fight, ‘Wow, nobody do this before with Tony Ferguson.’ Like I do with Michael Johnson, like I do Rafael dos Anos, like I do with Edson Barboza, with everybody. Who beat them like this? I’m gonna do this again with Tony Ferguson.
Original Story: MMA Mania