UFC lightweight title contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov are dying to get inside of the Octagon with one another. The two were scheduled to fight for the interim UFC lightweight strap back at UFC 209, but Nurmagomedov was pulled from the fight due to health issues stemming from a severe weight cut.
Now, “El Cucuy” and “Eagle” are lobbying their asses off to lock down a meeting at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. While nothing is official, it’s the most logical move for the 155-pound division, especially considering current champion Conor McGregor is off doing his thing in moneyland.
In preparation for their potential matchup at UFC 217, Ferguson recently gave fight fans a preview of what he plans to do to Nurmagomedov. The above video, which “El Cucuy” posted via Instagram, shows Ferguson tapping Nurmagomedov out with a rare twister submission while playing EA Sports UFC 2.
“F*ck you, Khabib,” shouted Ferguson while watching the video replay of the finish.
While Ferguson is unlikely to catch the Russian grappler in a twister of this fashion, he’ll undoubtedly bring a plethora of ground attacks with him when the two square off later this year. Ferguson will be putting his nine-fight win streak on the line while Nurmagomedov aims to keep his perfect 24-0 professional MMA record in tact.
UFC 217 is currently being headlined by a middleweight title fight pitting champion Michael Bisping against former welterweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre, who will be returning after a four-year hiatus from the sport.
Stick with Mania as a potential Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov booking draws near.