Tony Ferguson Vows To Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov Before ‘The Eagle’ Retires
Tony Ferguson plans to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov before it’s too late.
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been linked to a fight several times. Injuries and illnesses on both sides have derailed plans. The last time they were scheduled to meet was back in April. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about travel restrictions, which ultimately spelled doom for “El Cucuy” vs. “The Eagle” again.
As a result, Ferguson took on Justin Gaethje for the interim UFC Lightweight Title. Gaethje won the fight via fifth-round TKO. During an interview with ESPN, Ferguson said he will eventually share the Octagon with Nurmagomedov.
“I see fear in his voice if he thinks he has to talk bad about people. He can’t put that s— in my head. I will fight Khabib at one point or another. He will see me before he retires. We’ll make that a point. I think everybody is writing me off after one loss, and f— them. The casual fan base is trying to, but my hard-core fans are too much. They know too much. My value is way too much.”
Ferguson was riding a 12-fight winning streak before being stopped by Gaethje. While some feared that the loss meant Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov is doomed for good, UFC President Dana White doesn’t believe that’s the case. The UFC boss has said he’s willing to risk yet another bout cancellation to try to make the bout a reality.
It has been heavily speculated that Nurmagomedov will retire if he reaches 30-0. While “The Eagle” hasn’t committed to such a plan, he has admitted that it would be enticing to walk away from MMA competition with that record.
Nurmagomedov is scheduled to take on Gaethje in a title unification bout this Saturday, October 24. The title fight will headline UFC 254 inside the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.