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Tony Ferguson urges Khabib Nurmagomedov ​to ‘sign on the dotted line’ and fulfill his late father’s wish

The former champ never doubted his talents

Former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson expects the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov to return to the octagon in the future to battle with Ferguson.

The MMA world waited long to see Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov bout cancelled in early 2015. However, they got scheduled to run the bout four more times, but cancelled every time for different reasons.

Now that the Eagle retired, the bout will not see a ray of hope, and the fans will never get to experience the most anticipated combat of UFC history. But, the El Cucuy thinks Khabib is bluffing his retirement, and he will return to the octagon.

Ferguson predicts that Khabib will return to accomplish his father’s wish. “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 said in an interview.

Further, the 37-year-old thinks Khabib needs to practice more to fight him, and Nurmagomedov will study him before he comes back. “So like I said before on that one if he needs to be retired and get and go do peds and come back stronger,” El Cucuy conveyed.

How many times was the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson fight canceled?

The Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson fight was cancelled on five different occasions. The first time they scheduled to battle in 2015. But Khabib broke a rib during practice session and pulled himself out from the fight.

The next fight was cancelled in 2016 as Tony faced a lung issue just 11 days before the bout. After that, they were set to fight in 2017 at UFC 209, and the Eagle pulled himself due to weight management issues.

Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

Opponents Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson face off during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Further, they became ready for a massive showdown at UFC 223 in April 2018. This time the El Cucuy faced a horrible knee injury which resulted in the fight’s cancellation. And finally, it got cancelled in April 2020 as Khabib got stuck in Russian due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If Tony’s prediction comes true, the UFC world will get to experience one of the best fights of UFC history. However, the Eagle is yet to convey his response to Ferguson’s prediction. 


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