The potential match-up between two of the greatest lightweights in UFC history, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to be cursed. The iconic undefeated fighters, are both on exceptionally long win streaks, both aspire to be the champion in the same division and still haven’t yet faced each other. Their paths have crossed often, a fight has been booked four times and every time it was forced to be cancelled. When Ferguson pulled out of their upcoming UFC 223 headliner, Nurmagomedov asked to face the lightweight champion Conor McGregor. He revealed a lot of other intriguing things as well in an interview.
“The Eagle” recently did an interview with TMZ Sports. He answered various questions. Here is an excerpt:
On how he asked the UFC to fight “Mystic Mac”:
My first option when Tony’s out, I tell, ‘Hey, where’s Conor? I need Conor. He’s champ. Bring this guy. When UFC call [Conor], he say, ‘Oh, I am not ready’. UFC say he is a very bad connect, like we cannot connec with him. He does not give us (UFC) answer.
Dana told me about Conor that he now has a very good sponsorship with Burger King. He want to look nice, we don’t want change his face. I say, “Okay, now I understand”.
On Ferguson and McGregor potentially getting an immediate title match against him:
When I pull out last time against Tony, the UFC gave me a fight, top fight against Barboza and I deserve this and that’s why I’m here. Now Tony has to deserve this. Come back after your surgery deserve this. About Conor, I don’t remember when he fight. He fought with Floyd, Alvarez and he fight with like marijuana guy Nate Diaz. When he fight no body remembers it. You have to come back and deserve this.
On his desire to fight Georges St-Pierre next:
After this fight, I’m gonna ask UFC — ‘Hey, Madison Square Garden, me vs. Georges St-Pierre. November. Let’s go! 155 (pounds). This is very good fight vs. Georges St-Pierre and me — 155. For my legacy, very important. For his legacy, become three weight classes world champion, you know. He is one of the greatest athlete ever in the UFC. I grew up watching his fights, but this sport you know, I need to fight for my legacy. He fights for his legacy. Let’s go.
You can watch the entire interview below: