Khabib’s Manager Believes Tony Ferguson Doesn’t Deserve Title Shot

Khabib’s manager doesn’t think that Tony Ferguson should be next in line for a title shot. This is the latest attempt by the representative of the UFC lightweight champion of getting this fight nixed. Fans have been calling for a bout between the two dominant 155-pounders for quite some time. Many believe Ferguson could be […]

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Khabib’s manager doesn’t think that Tony Ferguson should be next in line for a title shot. This is the latest attempt by the representative of the UFC lightweight champion of getting this fight nixed.

Fans have been calling for a bout between the two dominant 155-pounders for quite some time. Many believe Ferguson could be the man to finally hand the Russian the first defeat of his fighting career.

Ferguson is on an amazing 11-fight win streak. He has victories over the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Kevin Lee, and Anthony Pettis.

Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, recently told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani (H/T to MMANews) that Ferguson shouldn’t be owed a shot at the strap.

“I don’t think Tony deserves to fight Khabib. He doesn’t man, he sucks. Brother it doesn’t matter [Ferguson’s winning streak]. Khabib would fight him, but at the end of the day I think Tony Ferguson is like a white chick, because he has no spices to him no character to him. He got cheap ass sunglasses on. What he represent? He represent nothing. Tony Ferguson don’t represent nothing.

This guy Conor, he represent something. He’s the biggest piece of sh*t scumbag in the whole planet. That’s who he is. What’s Tony represent? He’s like a blank piece of paper, he’s boring. He’s a good fighter but I think he’s over his time, his time has passed. He’s old and slow, and that’s it.”

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Dana White Addresses Next Possible Opponent For Khabib Nurmagomedov

Dana White addresses who he thinks will be next in line for Khabib Nurmagomedov and his UFC lightweight title. The UFC President did a recent interview with ESPN where he noted that a potential rematch between Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor could happen. However, he does understand that there are still a couple other options available […]

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Dana White addresses who he thinks will be next in line for Khabib Nurmagomedov and his UFC lightweight title. The UFC President did a recent interview with ESPN where he noted that a potential rematch between Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor could happen. However, he does understand that there are still a couple other options available as well.

Obviously, a rematch between the UFC lightweight champ and McGregor would be a huge fight. But White doesn’t see this bout as the only one to make next. Instead, he stated that there some other options including a potential showdown against Tony Ferguson. This has been a fight that fans have wanted to see for years. But something has always gotten in the way of it happening.

“I think you’d have to look at the Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov fight,” White said when asked about the stand out performance of 2018 when speaking to ESPN. “[It] broke records, incredible fight, Khabib wins, which sets up possible fights with Tony [Ferguson] and [Dustin] Poirier and Conor [rematch]; like I said in every division I could crack out two or three different things that are fun and exciting for either the end of this year or next year.”

At the end of the day, what is next for Khabib all comes down to the decision made by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC holds a meeting to decide his punishment on December 10th.

“I don’t know if the immediate rematch happens because we got to see what the Nevada State Athletic Commission hands down in December when that hearing happens,” White stated. “So I’m not even thinking about that. I’m thinking about possibilities in the future. But, right now, not even worth thinking about until we find out what happens in Nevada.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Uncle Reveals His Fight & Retirement Plans

These plans do not include a rematch with Conor McGregor.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s uncle has revealed the plans that the UFC lightweight champion has place regarding his pro-MMA career.

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Uncle Reveals

Alex Nurmagomedov recently conducted an interview with Russian website Sport Express where he brought up how his nephew has a specific idea of how he wants to end his career. Alex did state that Khabib has already been offered $15 million for a rematch against former UFC lightweight and featherweight champ Conor McGregor.

Tony Ferguson Fight

The only problem with that is Khabib not being interested in this fight. Instead, he wants to fight former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson to close out his career and call it a day.

“From the start, they offered him 15 million if he agrees,” Alex Nurmagomedov told Sport Express (via Google Translate). “But Khabib said no. Let Conor stand in line, let him fight with others. Khabib wants to fight Ferguson, and then finish his career.”

Potential Timetable

The reason that the UFC champ wants to fight Ferguson is due to the promotion trying to book a few times in the past. Also, it’s because of Ferguson’s TKO win over Anthony Pettis in the UFC 229 co-main event.

“We planned (a Ferguson fight), but it can pass only if Khabib remains in the UFC,” Alex Nurmagomedov told Sport Express. “Many organizations with large prize funds offered him to sign a contract: Bellator, Akhmat, Fight Night. If Khabib remains in the UFC, then in April or May there will be a battle with Ferguson.”

The Bellator Offer

Alex also addressed the big-money offer made by 50 Cent for Khabib to fight under the Bellator MMA banner that is owned by Viacom. At this time, Khabib will only fight for some big bucks which would be for no than $5 million.

“For $2 million (from Bellator), Khabib will not fight. Now he is ready to go into battle for no less than $5 million. In Bellator we were told to name our amount and they are ready to sign a contract. If Khabib leaves UFC, another eight people can leave with him. I can not list them all, but they are powerful, good fighters. I will not yet call their names. The UFC asked Khabib not to hurry, because they have not yet made a final decision.”

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Eddie Alvarez Reveals Why He Couldn’t Replace Tony Ferguson At UFC 223

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is claiming that he almost replaced Tony Ferguson in the biggest fight thus far this year. It’s well known by now that the fight between Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov has been canceled. They were supposed to fight for the lightweight title at the upcoming UFC 223 pay-per-view event. However, […]

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Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is claiming that he almost replaced Tony Ferguson in the biggest fight thus far this year.

It’s well known by now that the fight between Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov has been canceled. They were supposed to fight for the lightweight title at the upcoming UFC 223 pay-per-view event.

However, it won’t happen as Ferguson had to pull out of the fight with an injury. This marks the fourth time that the promotion made this fight official.

During a recent Instagram Live video from his personal account, Alvarez noted that UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway wasn’t the only fight that UFC President Dana White and other UFC officials reached out to in order to find a replacement for Ferguson.

The former UFC champion mentioned that once the promotion asked him for potentially stepping in to save the card, which in turn he told them that he was unable to make the lightweight limit on such short notice.

“Me and my wife were getting ready for Easter and I got a call from Lloyd, my manager,” explained Alvarez (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting). “It was April first so just like you guys, I thought it was an April Fool’s joke. Then he told me Tony got hurt and when he told me how Tony got hurt, I really thought it was an April Fool’s joke, so I’m just as shocked and disappointed as you guys are.

“It would have been great to be ready for that fight and be ready to step in and save the day, but unfortunately, I am way, way too big to make the 155-pound limit on six days’ notice. I think most guys at 155, especially in the top five, can’t make that 155-pound limit on six days’ notice.”

The former UFC champion was last seen in the Octagon when he KO’d former WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218.

“I’ll be honest, I’m disappointed in myself a little bit because I kind of had the foresight to see this happening,” said Alvarez. “I even talked about it happening but when it got like three to four weeks out, I just said ‘F**k it, these guys are gonna fight. There’s really no reason for me to be ready.’

“I’m every bit of 190 right now so there wasn’t even a small chance that I could make 155. . . I asked about doing a catchweight at welterweight but all they asked me was what’s the lowest that I could get to. I’m probably a little more than 190. I’m heavier than I’ve ever been because I haven’t fought in a long time.”

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take advantage of that opportunity, but to be honest with you, my real feelings on it is that Khabib is not the fighter that you take on six days’ notice,” said Alvarez. “In order to beat Khabib, you need to be conditioned, No. 1. He already poses a unique style but number one you have to be very, very well conditioned. Beating Khabib on six days’ notice is a very, very, tough, tough ask.”

“To do it on six days’ notice, my hat’s off to Max. . . Max Holloway’s a f**king beast,” said Alvarez. “Max Holloway single-handedly ran through his division, fought the best guys in the world, but anybody who’s a fighter understands the difference between someone who’s in the peak of their training camp and the difference of someone who is just starting their training camp. It’s a vast difference. We’re not gonna see the real Max Holloway on Saturday. We’re just not. as much as we love Max Holloway, and as much as I think the world of him and he’s a great champion, we’re not gonna see the real Max Holloway on Saturday.”

UFC 223 is set to take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6 p.m. ET.

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Max Holloway Reacts To Replacing Tony Ferguson At UFC 223

MMA fans were confronted with what appeared to be an April Fool’s Day joke after news broke of Tony Ferguson’s withdrawal from UFC 223’s main event against Khabib Nurmagomedov. But unfortunately, it was not a joke, and the lightweight title fight fans have been clamoring for and promised three times in the past fell through […]

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MMA fans were confronted with what appeared to be an April Fool’s Day joke after news broke of Tony Ferguson’s withdrawal from UFC 223’s main event against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

But unfortunately, it was not a joke, and the lightweight title fight fans have been clamoring for and promised three times in the past fell through for the fourth time on Sunday due to an apparent knee injury Ferguson sustained just six days from fight night.

As a kind of consolation, the UFC whipped up an impromptu fight between featherweight champion Max Holloway and Nurmagomedov, who will compete for the lightweight belt in Ferguson’s absence.

Holloway, despite having recently defended his 145-pound title in December, posted a cryptic response to the news on Twitter immediately following the news of Ferguson’s injury:

Holloway seems to be alluding to a war of attrition against the undefeated Dagestani as the two prepare for battle in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

UFC President Dana White confirmed Ferguson’s injury and Holloway’s replacement to quell the confusion regarding the unfortunate timing of this debacle, having fallen on April Fool’s Day.

How will Holloway fare against Nurmagomedov? Will the short-notice replacement help or hurt his chances at becoming a simultaneous two-time UFC champion?

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Manager Says Tony Ferguson Will ‘Never Fight Again’ After UFC 223

Tony Ferguson may never fight again after his upcoming lightweight title fight at UFC 223 against undefeated Dagestani Khabib Nurmagomedov, at least according to Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz. Abdel-Aziz clearly has a bias towards his own fighter but did explain his reasoning: Ferguson is the only opponent to have actually made Nurmagomedov mad. While past foes […]

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Tony Ferguson may never fight again after his upcoming lightweight title fight at UFC 223 against undefeated Dagestani Khabib Nurmagomedov, at least according to Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz.

Abdel-Aziz clearly has a bias towards his own fighter but did explain his reasoning: Ferguson is the only opponent to have actually made Nurmagomedov mad. While past foes had shown respect and received mercy in return, he detailed that “El Cucuy” has not (MMA Fighting):

“I feel sorry for Tony Ferguson, because on April 7, Tony Ferguson is probably never gonna fight again. I’m concerned for his well-being, I’m serious. I’m not just saying that to promote a fight. I’m concerned for him. I’m hearing some reports — and I respect Eddie Bravo, he’s a legend — I’m hearing that he’d accept, he’d be more than happy for Khabib to take him down. And I’ll tell you something … he’s not gonna be a normal human being. He’ll be in trouble. Because if he accepts takedown from Khabib and he will take him down, he will disfigure his whole entire face.”

Abdel-Aziz mentioned Khabib’s fights with Edson Barboza and Michael Johnson as examples of opponents who essentially didn’t piss off Nurmagomedov, and were treated accordingly:

“Khabib was very nice to Barboza, he was very nice to Michael Johnson. But I’m telling you something. One thing that Khabib is not gonna do, he’s not gonna be nice to Tony Ferguson. My prediction: Tony Ferguson will probably need to take two years off or maybe not come back after this fight.”

Ferguson has never shied away from causing controversy or getting confrontational, to the point where Nurmagomedov won’t hold back if he gets the interim champ on the ground where he does his most brutal work. And with UFC gold on the line, something Nurmagomedov has been demanding for ages, the stakes are that much higher.

Do you agree with Khabib’s manager that Ferguson’s antics have angered Nurmagomedov so much that the Dagestani will show no mercy? Will Ferguson fight again in the event he is brutalized by Nurmagomedov as Abdel-Aziz suggests?

UFC 223 takes place on April 7 in Brooklyn, New York.

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