Khabib, Ferguson Explode on Media Call
UFC 209 may be headlined by a welterweight title rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson, but you wouldn’t know it based on Thursday’s media conference call. It was the co-headliners, bitter rivals Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, that stole the show with their aggressive back-and-forth.
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov fight for the interim lightweight championship and the opportunity to prove themselves as the clear-cut top 155 lb. fighter. Both fighters are on lengthy win streaks in the UFC, and neither is intimidated by the other’s imposing aura.
“You got too many people talking in your ear,” Ferguson said at one point. “And that’s your problem. That’s why I’m going to win. That’s it. You’re focusing on so much other bullsh*t, dude. You’re talking about breaking arms and talking about fighting Conor, doing this and that and all this other stuff. Dude, I hear you. I understand it, man. You’re going to lose. You’ve got to look out for yourself.”
“I think about you,” Nurmagomedov responded. “I think I’m going to break you. This is what I think. I don’t think about Conor, other stuff. What are you talking about? You talk about Conor.”
“Dude, I am unbreakable,” Ferguson said. “Trust me, dude, I’m a f*cking machine now. You have no idea what you’re dealing with. You just woke me up. You keep laughing. You keep laughing. I’m the new John Wick.”
Listen to the full media call below: