Khabib-Ferguson Near Deal For Brooklyn
After four attempts to get two of the best lightweights inside the Octagon, it seems Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will finally fight on April 18th.
Per a report from ESPN, Nurmagomedov has signed for a defense of his UFC lightweight title against Ferguson this coming April in a headlining fight inside Barclays Center, the site of their more recent canceled fight at UFC 229.
That canceled 2018 fight came when Ferguson suffered a knee injury while leaving a media obligation at FOX Sports, which was part of a chaotic week that saw Conor McGregor confront Nurmagomedov and throw a dolly through a bus window.
“Fifth time is the charm,” Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN. “Tony has been asking for this ass-whipping for a long time, and he deserves it. He’s earned it. Khabib wanted this fight, Tony wanted it, the UFC wanted it and the fans wanted it. This fight is for the fans.”
Nurmagomedov was last seen inside the Octagon back in September when he retained and unified the lightweight title in Abu Dhabi at UFC 242 against Dustin Poirier, while Ferguson last fought against Cowboy Cerrone at UFC 238, stopping Cerrone in the second round.