Tony Ferguson Believes He’s Closing In On A Fight With Khabib

Tony FergusonTony Ferguson believes he’s edging closer to a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov despite the fact ‘The Eagle’ retired from MMA in 2020. ‘El Cucuy’ is currently riding a two-fight losing streak. He lost to Justin Gaethje by fifth round TKO at UFC 249 before falling to a decision defeat against Charles Oliveira at UFC 256. […]

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Tony Ferguson believes he’s edging closer to a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov despite the fact ‘The Eagle’ retired from MMA in 2020.

‘El Cucuy’ is currently riding a two-fight losing streak. He lost to Justin Gaethje by fifth round TKO at UFC 249 before falling to a decision defeat against Charles Oliveira at UFC 256.

At UFC 262, Ferguson will look to get back to winning ways when he takes on Beneil Dariush who is under the same management company as Nurmagomedov – Dominance MMA.

The former interim lightweight champion believes every fighter he beats from Dominance MMA brings him one step closer to the illusive fight with Nurmagomedov.

“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,” Ferguson explained to ESPN. “So like I said before on that one. If he needs to be retired and go get PED’s and come back stronger, I’m just kidding with that, you know. But he’s gotta watch out man, they’re going to try to get as much film on me as they can, but I don’t know what all the film you need, I gave you two of the best ones.” 

‘El Cucuy’ believes Nurmagomedov’s retirement is temporary.

“Well, I have a pretty good idea when people are calling their bluffs right,” Ferguson said. “Remember when I called his bluff on UFC 209. Same thing dude, I know Khabib and that’s the only reason I could look in that guy’s soul, so it’s different. So regardless of this chess, checkers or whatever it is or even a friendly game of video game, I’m sure we’ll play one time because the fans want to see something like that. (Transcribed by Essentially Sports)

Will we ever see Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Tony Ferguson Still Looking To Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘F*cking Sign On The Dotted Line’

Ferguson NurmagomedovTony Ferguson hasn’t given up on a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ferguson will look to return to the win column when he takes on Beneil Dariush at the UFC 262 pay-per-view event taking place May 15 in Houston, Texas. While Dariush is a tough opponent who Ferguson is fully focused on, he still believes a […]

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Tony Ferguson hasn’t given up on a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Ferguson will look to return to the win column when he takes on Beneil Dariush at the UFC 262 pay-per-view event taking place May 15 in Houston, Texas.

While Dariush is a tough opponent who Ferguson is fully focused on, he still believes a fight with Nurmagomedov will happen in the future.

When asked how the Dariush fight came about, “El Cucuy” speculated it had something to do with Dominance MMA — who represent both Dariush and Nurmagomedov — and went on to call out the latter.

“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 told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “… 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*tch, quit running, f*cking sign on the dotted line, Khabib. It’s the same sh*t. They keep giving me all these guys from Dominance MMA to kind of like toy with me.”

Of course, the duo were slated to fight each other five times only for it to get called off on all five occasions. The last time it was booked was for their lightweight title clash at UFC 249 last year only for the pandemic to all but end it for good.

With Khabib Nurmagomedov now retired, it looks like we’ll never get the dream fight we wanted. But crazier things have happened in this sport.

Tony Ferguson Believes Khabib Fight Is Getting Closer To Happening

Tony Ferguson believes that the seemingly cursed fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov is still not quite dead yet. A fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will go down as arguably the biggest “fight that got away” in UFC history. Aside from …

Tony Ferguson believes that the seemingly cursed fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov is still not quite dead yet. 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 […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov Will ‘Smash John Cena’s Face’ – Ali Abdelaziz

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov would smash WWE superstar, John Cena, in the wrestling ring according to MMA manger, Ali Abdelaziz. ‘The Eagle’ surprisingly retired from the sport back in October after beating Justin Gaethje to unify the UFC’s lightweight division. After months of uncertainty as UFC boss, Dana White tried to persuade the undefeated Russian to stick […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov would smash WWE superstar, John Cena, in the wrestling ring according to MMA manger, Ali Abdelaziz.

‘The Eagle’ surprisingly retired from the sport back in October after beating Justin Gaethje to unify the UFC’s lightweight division.

After months of uncertainty as UFC boss, Dana White tried to persuade the undefeated Russian to stick around, Nurmagomedov relinquished his 155lb belt last month, cementing his decision to retire. Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler are set to square off for the vacant title at UFC 262.

The 32-year-old is in his fighting prime and still appears to have a lot to give as an athlete. However, as of late he has been focusing on the athletic endeavours of others. Nurmagomedov has been coaching fighters and he now on his own promotion – Eagle Fighting Championship.

During a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Nurmagomedov’s manager was asked about the possibility of his client transitioning to professional wrestling.

“Any of these soft steroid freaks wants to go ahead and have a wrestling match with Khabib, they want to get beat up for real. They know who to call. They need to call me,” Abdelaziz said. “He’ll go there and he’ll smash John Cena’s face no problem.”

Do you want to see Khabib Nurmagomedov compete in the WWE?

Khabib Nurmagomedov On Dana White: ‘Sometimes He Is Not Nice’

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov has given a rather honest assessment about his former boss. Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from MMA after defeating Justin Gathje at UFC 254. However, UFC president Dana White was adamant that he could convince the undefeated fighter to come back for one more fight. That all changed last month, when the UFC finally […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov has given a rather honest assessment about his former boss.

Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from MMA after defeating Justin Gathje at UFC 254. However, UFC president Dana White was adamant that he could convince the undefeated fighter to come back for one more fight. That all changed last month, when the UFC finally accepted that Nurmagomedov was gone and stripped him of the lightweight title.

Speaking to teammate Daniel Cormier on the UFC 260 weigh-in show, Nurmagomedov elaborated on the meetings he had with White and his decision to ultimately retire from the sport. ‘The Eagle’ maintained that he didn’t see any challenges for himself in the current landscape and didn’t want to hold up the division any longer.

“It’s very hard to say no to Dana White. I’m going to be very honest because this guy, sometimes he is nice. Sometimes he is not nice. Sometimes he says one thing,” Nurmagomedov said. “Anyways, it was very honest, real talk with two real men. This is what I feel. In the last meeting, he come and say, ‘Hey, what are we going to do?’ I say, ‘Nothing changed. Nothing changed.’ I think, my opinion, lightweight division has to go on. I don’t want to hold (the) division.”

While nothing Nurmagomedov said was particularly inflammatory, it’s definitely a broader peak into their relationship than we’ve seen him give in the past.

The relationship between Nurmagomedov and White now that the former is retired should be interesting to watch play out. Nurmagomedov still remains a huge sports figure in Russia and has essentially served as a brand ambassador overseas. As well, he said said that he hopes his newly minted Eagle Fighting Championship can find a home on UFC Fight Pass and serve as a feeder league to the world’s premier MMA organization.

And lest we forget, Nurmagomedov is only 32 years old. He still has a few years left in his prime, and while he may be happy in retirement now, a new challenge could arise that peaks his interest. If that does happen, you can bet White would welcome him back with open arms, so it would be in his best interest to stay in Nurmagomedov’s good books for the time being.

What do you make of the relationship between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dana White?

Khabib Offers Harsh Assessment To Tony Ferguson: “You Look Like A Sh*t”

Khabib has had about enough of Tony Ferguson’s callouts and jabs. Khabib is not usually one to get involved in social media back-and-forths (unless it’s with Conor McGregor), so Ferguson’s jokes, insults, and insistence that he is still going to stomp …

Khabib has had about enough of Tony Ferguson’s callouts and jabs. Khabib is not usually one to get involved in social media back-and-forths (unless it’s with Conor McGregor), so Ferguson’s jokes, insults, and insistence that he is still going to stomp Khabib has mostly gone ignored over the years. Now that Khabib is retired, he […]