Khabib’s Father Reveals Surprise in Store for Tony Ferguson

Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his lightweight championship against Tony Ferguson on April 18, 2018, and many details have already been ironed out and envisioned by the Nurmagomedov camp, including Khabib’s father Abdulmanap. As great of a fight Khabi…

Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his lightweight championship against Tony Ferguson on April 18, 2018, and many details have already been ironed out and envisioned by the Nurmagomedov camp, including Khabib’s father Abdulmanap. As great of a fight Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is, the biggest talking point of the bout is not going to be […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Father Details Preparations For Tony Ferguson

Once again, the UFC has booked a matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. The pair will headline an April 18 show on pay-per-view (PPV) from Brooklyn, New York. Nurmagomedov puts his lightweight strap up for grabs against Ferguson, who is on a 12-fight win streak at the moment. This is the fifth time the […]

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Once again, the UFC has booked a matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

The pair will headline an April 18 show on pay-per-view (PPV) from Brooklyn, New York. Nurmagomedov puts his lightweight strap up for grabs against Ferguson, who is on a 12-fight win streak at the moment. This is the fifth time the UFC has made the matchup, each time previous eventually falling through due to injury (twice each has pulled after getting hurt).

Now, the UFC is hoping the fifth time’s a charm, and according to Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap, speaking to RT Sport, it is a massively important event for the sport of MMA.

“Because this isn’t the first attempt, I think it is one of the most important events in this sport,” Abdulmanap said. “It was planned four times and called off twice because of Khabib and twice because of Tony. Millions of fans are waiting for it.

“There’s never been anything like this in UFC history. It’s the most important fight in UFC history. It is important not only for me but for my republic, my country, and all our supporters.”

Abdulmanap also teased that Khabib might surprise people with his evolved striking game under American Kickboxing Academy’s (AKA) Javier Mendez, however, he won’t stray too far from the usual gameplan set by himself nonetheless.

“Throughout all this time we were able to improve our skills in different aspects, especially striking technique,” Nurmagomedov said. “We surprise [opponents] more and more each time. Javier [Mendez] promises to surprise this time but Khabib won’t stray from his father’s plan.”

Abdulmanap seems to have a healthy respect for what Ferguson can do inside the Octagon, pointing to the several different ways “El Cucuy” has earned victory as of late. Abdulmanap dubbed Ferguson a “worthy” opponent and suggested the training camp for him will reflect as much.

“First of all, he’s got good endurance, a good winning streak,” Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov said. “He’s been caught, but he finishes all his fights with submissions, cuts or technical knockouts. He has a good arsenal, he is a worthy opponent and we are preparing accordingly.”

Who are you picking in Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson? Do you think the fight will actually happen this time?

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Dana White Admits Khabib vs. McGregor Rematch Can Happen If Both Men Win Upcoming Fights

UFC president Dana White revealed that a rematch between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor is more than possible. The two met in a heated grudge match at UFC 229 in October last year that saw Nurmagomedov come out on top with a fourth-round submission victory. McGregor has since called for the rematch numerous […]

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UFC president Dana White revealed that a rematch between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor is more than possible.

The two met in a heated grudge match at UFC 229 in October last year that saw Nurmagomedov come out on top with a fourth-round submission victory. McGregor has since called for the rematch numerous times — but given his drop in stock as well as his overall inactivity, it never seemed likely to happen.

But that doesn’t mean it’s dead. White appeared on the Rich Eisen Show recently and admitted that a sequel could happen provided both men win their next fights. Nurmagomedov is set to defend his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 next on April 18.

McGregor, meanwhile, will return to action against Donald Cerrone in the UFC 246 headliner on January 18.

“He’s gotta beat Cowboy Cerrone, which is a very tough fight, especially at 170, without Cowboy having to cut weight,” White said (via @jedigoodman). “Then, Khabib has to beat Tony Ferguson.

“If both of those things happen, then yeah, I think we can make the rematch.”

In a separate interview, White added the reason why McGregor was fighting at 170 as opposed to 155:

“Conor is going to fight at 170 for this fight,” White added. “Mainly because he doesn’t want to have to cut the weight to 155. Him and Cerrone have both fought at 170.

“He’s hoping that he beats Cerrone and can turn right around and fight Khabib as quick as possible. So he didn’t want to make the cut twice.”

While that serves as good news for McGregor, one person definitely won’t be happy with White’s comments — Justin Gaethje.

Do you think it would be fair for McGregor to get a rematch with Nurmagomedov?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Lacked Motivation Against McGregor, Poirier, But Not For Ferguson

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov claims he lacked motivation against Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier — but that won’t be the case against Tony Ferguson. Nurmagomedov is set to face Ferguson in the UFC 249 headliner on April 18 which takes place in Brooklyn, New York. “The Eagle” will be looking for a third title […]

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov claims he lacked motivation against Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier — but that won’t be the case against Tony Ferguson.

Nurmagomedov is set to face Ferguson in the UFC 249 headliner on April 18 which takes place in Brooklyn, New York. “The Eagle” will be looking for a third title defense following his wins over McGregor and Poirier.

Nurmagomedov notably submitted the former featherweights, with the fight against McGregor at UFC 229 being the biggest non-boxing pay-per-view of all time. Still, Nurmagomedov says he lacked the drive that he has now ahead of his fight with Ferguson:

“I will train hard,” Nurmagomedov said in a recent media scrum in Dagestan (via @MMARusContext). “With every fight, I gain more and more experience. I’m getting older, I am 31. I think it’s the peak age of a fighter’s career. Of course, I will train more for this fight because I got a worthy opponent. He is very good and very dangerous opponent.

“And to be honest, I lacked this motivation for my last fights. Iaquinta, Conor, Barboza, Poirier. They’re not the same as Tony Ferguson. That’s why I feel that fire burning inside me again.”

Given how dominant Nurmagomedov was in his last few fights, it’s a scary prospect to think that he lacked motivation in those fights.

Then again, he is facing arguably the best lightweight in the world other than him in Ferguson who is on a 12-fight winning streak. Hopefully, everyone in the combat sports world gets to see them collide.

What do you make of Nurmagomedov’s comments?

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Quote: Khabib Won’t Break Tony Ferguson Mentally Or Physically

A former referee renowned for his work doesn’t believe that Khabib Nurmagomedov can break Tony Ferguson. Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson has been booked multiple times in the past and fight fans are hoping that April 18, 2020 is the date that this bout…

A former referee renowned for his work doesn’t believe that Khabib Nurmagomedov can break Tony Ferguson. Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson has been booked multiple times in the past and fight fans are hoping that April 18, 2020 is the date that this bout finally comes to fruition. Nurmagomedov is putting his UFC lightweight gold on the […]

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Michael Bisping Expects Big PPV Numbers From Khabib vs. Ferguson

One of the most highly-anticipated lightweight fights of all time has been booked yet again. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his title against Tony Ferguson on April 18. Nurmagomedov is undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career at 28-0. Ferguson is on a ridiculous 12-fight win streak at the moment, looking as […]

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One of the most highly-anticipated lightweight fights of all time has been booked yet again.

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his title against Tony Ferguson on April 18. Nurmagomedov is undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career at 28-0. Ferguson is on a ridiculous 12-fight win streak at the moment, looking as dominant as ever.

Recently, UFC Hall Of Famer Michael Bisping took to his podcast, “Believe You Me,” to offer his thoughts on the matchup. Bisping said Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson is a “huge booking.” (H/T BJPenn.com)

“That’s a huge booking,” Bisping said. “Finally, Khabib vs. Ferguson. Well, I say finally, it’s not is it? I mean they booked it four times in the past. That’s crazy. But everybody wants to see this fight and we’ve talked about this ad nauseam, everybody knows if anyone deserves a title fight it’s Tony Ferguson.

“He just beat Cerrone, he’s on a 12-fight win streak, he’s beating people in style. Anthony Pettis, the list goes on. He deserves his title fight and he’s getting his title fight.”

Going a bit further with the magnitude of Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson, Bisping predicts the fight will draw big pay-per-view (PPV) numbers.

“Because this fight was booked four times in the past, the anticipation for it is so huge,” Bisping said. “So I feel like this will do huge numbers. I think it will be a big, big pay-per-view. And the timing actually, if McGregor was to beat Cerrone, I think the timing would work out for Conor to fight the winner but he has gotta get past Cerrone.”

Do you think Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson will draw big PPV numbers?

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