Dana: “Tony-Khabib Must Happen”
The fight Dana White swore he’d never make again, seems to be happening again, as a showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is being eyed for later this year.
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson has been scheduled to fight four times in the past, with each booking not coming to fruition due to injury or issues with weight cutting.
Complicating things further is Nurmagomedov’s suspension for his part of the brawl at UFC 229 that will see him out of action until October, especially with Nurmagomedov sitting out in protest due to the treatment of his teammates who are also suspended due to the October 2018 brawl between lightweight champion’s team and Conor McGregor’s team.
“I hear these things, but Khabib hasn’t told me that (he’s going to sit out),” White told MMAjunkie following the UFC 234 pre-fight press conference in Australia. “I hear these things in the media and things like that. I haven’t heard it from Khabib, so when we talk, we’ll figure it out and we’ll see what happens.”
And while White claimed numerous times that he would never book Nurmagomedov and Ferguson to fight for the fourth time, the UFC president refused to deny Ferguson his place in the standings and his claim to a title shot.
“Of course Tony deserves it,” White said. “He’s the No. 1 contender. He’s the guy. That’s the fight.”
Initial Report: MMAJunkie