Tony Ferguson didn’t waste any time in responding to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s recent message of support after his recent personal issues outside of the octagon.
His activity of late may have been slacking due to circumstances that have affected his ability to compete, but when El Cucuy steps into the octagon to fight, you know you are in for nothing short of an absolute cracker.
Following the news that Ferguson was experienced something of a rocky patch, Khabib spoke to RT Sport, giving his thoughts on his great rival’s predicament.
“From what I understood at least, there were some reports about calls to the police, I really don’t want to go into details. Because I myself wouldn’t want to have that sort of attention.
“I can only imagine how hard it is for him, especially since it’s about his family. Again, I didn’t follow it closely, just like like you I read some things on the internet. May God give him health and the best of luck. Sport is sport, but family is family.
“And let’s hope he’ll return, it’s very strange to see him away, he has an 11-fight win streak in the lightweight division. And now he’s on the sidelines.
“I guess that just means that at this moment in time he has to go through this test. Each person faces their own challenge, some people get ill, some people let money go to their heads, some people drink. Someone has ‘star fever. Different people face tests in different ways. Someone had a surgery, someone is a champion who doesn’t have time for training.
“So each person faces their own challenge and it looks like he will have to go through his own challenge. Let’s hope he’ll come out as a winner and come back, and hopefully we’ll fight one day.”
“Yes, it’s a great fight. It’s one of the best. Not even one of the best, it’s the most anticipated fight in the UFC.
“I’ve been told about it by the UFC owners because they monitor what people say on the internet.
“And this is the most anticipated fight at the moments. So let’s hope he comes back.”
'May God give him good health': Khabib offers support to Tony Ferguson, hopes 'dream fight' will happen
— RT Sport (on Fight Island) 🏝️ (@RTSportNews) April 5, 2019
El Cucuy was quick to respond, promising that Khabib would meet his maker when the time came for them to finally get in there and compete.
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) April 5, 2019
When a fan put forth the idea that Khabib had now missed his opportunity to face a peak Tony Ferguson given the fact that he is now past the years that are traditionally within one’s athletic prime, Tony responded, promising that the best was still yet to come.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena