UFC veteran Tony Ferguson is still hopeful in making the matchup with Khabib Nurmagomedov and believes he can bring the former 155-pound champion out of retirement.
We’re waiting on ‘Fathead’s fat ass… He’s the one that’s scared: Tony Ferguson on Khabib
Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov came close to locking horns in the Octagon twice in the past- first at the Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December 2015 but Khabib pulled out citing injury. The second time, it was to be a Lightweight championship fight at UFC 249 in Aptil 2020 but ‘The Eagle’ was unable to leave Russia due to the COVId-19 pandemic.
Since then, the two have gone separate ways. Khabib returned to the cage for the last time in October 2020 at UFC 254 to defeat Justin Gaethje and announced his retirement, while Ferguson suffered continuous setbacks and is now on a four fight losing streak.
A win is vital for ‘El Cucuy’ as he returns to action this Saturday night in a welterweight bout against Li Jingliang at UFC 279, but he has not lost hope for a matchup with Khabib and believes he can bring the undefeated lightweight legend back to the cage once again.
“I am the one to get him out of retirement. That dude’s not retired. When it comes down to it, when you lose somebody, you have to take some time off, you have to think and you have to do whatever you have to do but his father had said the fight to make was myself and Khabib. Before he passed away, he did say that and Khabib has that in his mindset,” Ferguson said at the UFC 279 media day.
“We got the greenlight,” the 38-year-old went on, “We’re waiting on Khabib’s fat ass. I actually called him Khabib. Did you guys hear that s***? We’re waiting on ‘Fathead’s fat ass and I’m going to be real with you, we got the greenlight from the brass, went and talked to them… He’s the one that’s scared. Whether it’s a fight or not, we’ll go and coach and I’m sure we’ll make it entertaining.”
“He’ll break before the fighters around that team and I’ve still got some good material that I haven’t used yet so I’m just waiting for that thing,” Ferguson added. [H/T MMA Fighting]
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