UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has made it clear that a fight with Tony Ferguson is still very much on his mind.
Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t appear to be willing to rest on his laurels following his successful UFC 223 lightweight title bout against Al Iaquinta. As the reigning champ at 155lbs, he seems to have a varied selection of options in front of him.
Conor McGregor will no doubt want his belt back when he makes his return and similarly, Georges St-Pierre is about as lucrative a matchup possible out of a fight with the Irishman.
Still though, one fight remains the back of the Dagestan-native’s mind, his four-time failure with Tony Ferguson.
Speaking during a Q&A session with his fans online, Nurmagomedov laid out his plans now that he holds the UFC’s lightweight title.
“I want to defend my title, I want to defend it this year. Opponents, I don’t know to be honest. The UFC are working on a fight. Me versus Conor. If they give it to Conor, I’m going to fight him. If they give it to GSP or the winner of Alvarez/Poirier, doesn’t matter.
“I tell the UFC not to ask me about opponents. Just send me contracts. I will sign.
“You wish for Tony? I wish too. Even when I’m healthy and he is healthy, when the UFC gives us this fight, all the time someone gets injured. I hope we’re going to fight very soon. For me, this is one of the biggest fights in the lightweight division.
“Ten win-streak versus ten win-streak. I think it’ll be a very big fight. But you never know.”
It really would be a tough sell. Four failed attempts at getting this fight together had led many to believe that it is genuinely cursed by some strange otherworldly misfortune.
There aren’t many matchups available to the UFC right now that are as interesting from a stylistic perspective as Khabib/Ferguson but at this stage, would a fifth go at it be the charm?
Would anyone even pay for it?
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena