Khabib Nurmagomedov will meet with Tony Ferguson in a duel for the title of champion in lightweight division
The main intrigue of the beginning of this year has finally come to a logical conclusion. After the devastating victory of Khabib over Edson Barboza, everyone was lost in conjecture with whom the Dagestan soldier will fight his next fight.
Fans of martial arts were inclined to the option with Conor, as the last few days everyone was talking about this. McGregor’s coach shared in Instargam the way he sits and watches Khabib’s fights, as well as the Irishman himself, who decided to remind himself of having joined Nurmagomedov in a squabble on Twitter, also interrupted his long silence. At a press conference after the battle and in numerous interviews, Khabib stressed that he does not care about Conor, and expressed a desire to share the cage the next time with Tony.
33-year-old ethnic Mexican Tony Ferguson made his debut in the UFC the same way as Khabib in 2011. "El-Cucuy" was selected through the show The Ultimate Fighter where he won early victories in all four fights. In total in the UFC Tony spent 14 bouts of which he was defeated only once, behind the decision of judges in 2012, Michael Johnson. Since then, Ferguson has won 10 consecutive victories and won the belt of the interim champion, having defeated Kevin Lee in the title fight last October.
Khabib Nurmagomedov - an athlete embodying the full power of the modern MMA of the post-Soviet space, for 6 years in the organization held 9 fights, of which each won and did not lose a single round. The Eagle has finally regained its opportunity to fight for the title and prove to everyone that he is in this sport not just for competitions.
The fight between these athletes was broken several times for various reasons, and each time left a sediment in the fans. For the consolation of all the fans, this fight was announced again and this time the title of the champion will be at stake. In addition to the belt itself, this fight is likely to be the best lightweight in the history of the UFC, because before that no one could collect the scalps of the opponents and improve their series of victories to 9 or 10 victories.
The bout will be held in New York, on April 7 and will most likely head the UFC 223.