UFC lightweight fighter Tony Ferguson is still chasing Khabib Nurmagomedov and thinks that he is very close to fighting Khabib.
A fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will go down as arguably the biggest “fight that got away” in UFC history. Aside from the elite skill level and stylistic fascination the fight brings to the table, this title would be well earned for the pairing because the fight got away more times than any other in UFC history without ever coming together.
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson were paired together on a staggering five separate occasions — and on each of those attempted matchups, injuries, weight-cutting issues, and most recently, complications amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prevented the two from ever setting foot inside the Octagon together.
Viewed as two of the most dominant lightweight talents the division has ever had, Khabib and Ferguson, who were both riding, division-tying twelve-fight unbeaten streaks were paired together. With undisputed lightweight title spoils up for grabs, communications between Khabib and UFC officials seen the matchup scuppered as the Russian traveled home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions preventing his re-entry to the United States.
Tony is still chasing Khabib
During the interview, Tony Ferguson talked about how he believed a fight will eventually happen.
“I’m getting closer to Khabib and that’s the only fight that his pops wanted for him and that’s the only fight that they agreed to still,” Ferguson said to ESPN. “But he’s gonna watch, man. They’re gonna try to get as much film on me as they possibly can… Quit being a b***h, quit running, f*****g sign on the dotted line, Khabib. It’s the same s**t. They keep giving me all these guys from Dominance MMA to kind of like toy with me.”
For the first time in his career, Ferguson has lost two consecutive fights, this coming after the former UFC interim lightweight champion had been on a 12-fight winning streak.
Tony Ferguson (25-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC) will look to rebound from losses to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira when he meets Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston. While he offers no excuses for his recent setbacks, “El Cucuy” knew something had to change.
“Last year, it had nothing to do with coaches or anything else,” Tony told Submission Radio. “Seriously, I take all the fall and all my blame on it, but the two losses that I had, I’m gonna be real with you guys: It was the best learning experience I probably could’ve ever had and the best thing that was for me and my family.”
He continued, “Chasing after a guy like (retired former champion) Khabib and then trying to get the fight and then not getting the fight and then having interim belts dangled in front of you, the game is what it is. You can’t get mad at the game. But how you play the game is exactly your approach. And that’s what I did for this year. I completely changed my approach.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, is 29-0 and retired after he beat Gaethje at UFC 254 last October. He has beaten the likes of McGregor and Poirier but Ferguson still believes he will return to fight him eventually.
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