Khabib Nurmagomedov Set To Defend UFC Title Against Tony Ferguson In New York
The UFC are reportedly working on a blockbuster showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson for New York.
According to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, Nurmagomedov is set to defend his UFC lightweight title against Ferguson in March or April.
Nurmagomedov, 31, most recently defended his belt against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 last month. He submitted the American challenger in the third round to record his 28th professional MMA victory.
He expressed his desire to fight in Russia, targetting the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. But it appears the UFC have other plans.
The promotion is plotting to host his championship contest against Ferguson in New York - with Brooklyn (Barclays Center) or New York City (Madison Square Garden) touted as potential destinations.
"Do I know Khabib? Yes, I have met him multiple times," Helwani said about Nurmagomedov's next outing.
"What is going on with Tony Ferguson? I suspect that Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib is going to happen March or April and I'm hearing that New York City is being discussed."
I Found Your Mole So He's No Mo @TeamKhabib @akajav You're Mine Khabieber. Enjoy That World Tour & Make Sure To Do Some Pushups For The Homeless You Made Do In New York. Do It With Your Hat On. I'll Call It #PapakhaPushups You've Got One Chance 2 Make It Up. -Champ :flag_us::trophy::flag_mx: 'Merica pic.twitter.com/MqUcXPc53t
- Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) October 10, 2019
Ferguson, meanwhile, punched his ticket for a shot at UFC gold after recording his 12th consecutive UFC victory over Donald Cerrone last June.
While a rematch between Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor has been mooted, the Dagestan destroyer insists Ferguson is next in line.
Book my rematch for Moscow.
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019
"There's a lot of businessmen here and I think most of them will tell me to fight him, because it'll bring money," he said about a potential rematch with McGregor.
"I'd fight all the main contenders first and I could fight him to benefit my agriculture projects.
"I have to say that Tony Ferguson deserves it more, you have to give him credit. He is on a 12-fight win streak and he deserves it more than Conor.
"Conor has to come back, stop hitting old people. He is a professional fighter, he should come back, win and earn his place and get in line."
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been scheduled to fight FOUR times over the past four years, but they've never actually fought.