Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson look finally set to do battle for the UFC’s lightweight title, with April 18th in Brooklyn, New York, currently being targeted by Dana White.
The pair have been on a collision course for the past few years and despite being scheduled to face each other on four separate occasions, weight-cutting issues and injuries have meant that a bout has failed to come to fruition.
Ferguson has been on a 12 fight win streak in the lightweight division while Khabib is still undefeated in his professional career becoming the UFC’s 155lb champion in the process.
According to an initial report from ESPN, Dana White and the UFC are targeting April 18th as the date for the lightweight title bout with the venue as the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn New York.
The report outlines that Khabib has signed his end of the contract, according to his manager, and although Ferguson is yet to follow suit, he is interested in making the bout pending further negotiations.
The location is also interesting as the duo were supposed to square off at UFC 223 in April 2018 at the Barclays Centre, with an injury forcing Ferguson out on short notice.
In addition, it was the scene of Conor McGregor’s now infamous attack on a bus containing several fighters who were set to compete at UFC 223, including Khabib.
This added fuel to McGregor and Khabib’s heated feud with the Dagestan native getting the better of his opponent in the octagon when the two met at UFC 229 last October.
Khabib and Ferguson’s last four scheduled bouts may have ended in disaster before they’d even begun but there’s no doubt that their eventual clash will be one of the most anticipated fights of the year.