Ferguson Fires Back at Khabib
With just under a month to go until Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov lock horns for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209, things are heating up between the two top contenders.
Last month, Nurmagomedov promised to break Ferguson’s arm to teach him some respect, but ‘El Cucuy’ didn’t take lightly to those words and fired back in an interview with Fight Hub TV.
Ferguson, who is riding a 9-fight win streak and recently battered ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale, said he’d ‘pimp smack’ Nurmagomedov if he tries to break his arm.
"This dude says he wants to break my arm," Ferguson said. "I’m gonna tell you like I told other people. I like to hold my kid, I have a newborn. I broke my arm once, but I knocked that dude down with the same arm. I’ll pimp smack that dude if he tries to break my arm. Go for it, dude. You try it, bro. You try to break it you’re gonna have problems, I’m going to come at you with everything else, because I got elbows, I got knees, kicks … I’m gonna hit you with everything I got."
‘The Eagle’ is ranked one spot higher than Ferguson (No. 1) in the official UFC rankings and sports an unblemished record of 24-0. The Dagestani talent last fought against Michael Johnson at UFC 205, where he looked to be in a class of his own for most of the bout and eventually finished his opponent with a kimura in the third round.
The trash talk between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov is expected to intensify as the fight draws nearer, with both men set to collide in UFC 209’s co-main event.
The pay-per-view, which features a headlining welterweight championship rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson, takes place on March 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.