UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former interim champion Tony Ferguson got into a heated back and forth. The pairs appeared during the UFC 249 press conference in Las Vegas ahead of their showdown.
Both fighters are set to clash at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 18. The press conference hardly lasted more than 30 minutes, but both fighters kept throwing shades at each other.
Fans have been longing to see this fight for a long time now. UFC has previously booked the fight four times and all four times have both fighters pulled out. Khabib Nurmagomedov pulled out of fights in 2015 and 2017 because of injuries, while Tony Ferguson also pulled out in 2016 and 2018 for the very same reason.
Khabib Nurmagomedov calls Tony Ferguson Stupid
During the press conference, neither fighter held back. Khabib threw the first shade at Tony Ferguson by calling him stupid.
“I think we have to fight…I think he deserve this…you know he is real challenge,” Khabib said.
“I respect his skills…like fighter you know he is very good fighter, but why people don’t like him? because he is stupid..nobody understand him. He look like stupid that’s why nobody like him.”
He also said that a fight with Tony Ferguson is important for his legacy.
“you know if you watch when I fight Conor, when I fight Dustin Poirier…these guys are one of the best in the world and when I watch my legacy in the lightweight division…I think I have to fight with Tony Ferguson if I want to become the greatest lightweight of all time. That’s why I am here.
“Whoever wins this fight, this guy is going to be the greatest lightweight ever. When I smash him, when I make him flat, when I make him tap out, people are going to about (that) he’s old.” Khabib Concluded.
Tony also didn’t hold back as he went on to say that he was going to use Khabib’s head to mop the mat.
“I’m going to mop the mat with your head. I’m going to use all of this for training and I’m going to go in there so sweet. It’s tiramisu, baby! Keeping it sweet, savvy and classy.” Tony said.
Who do you guys think wins this fight?