On Friday, with only hours to go before showtime, the UFC confirmed that Khabib Nurmagomedov had been pulled from UFC 209 after a failed attempt to cut to 155lbs, leaving his scheduled opponent Tony Ferguson with little choice but to reject any short-notice replacement that the promotion offered.
Ferguson was, of course, disappointed at the unfortunate turn of events, but it seems as though he has finally come around to seeing Nurmagomedov’s withdrawal from the interim lightweight title bout as a victory of sorts.
On Saturday night, rather than talk of rescheduling a fight with the undefeated Russian, ‘El Cucuy’ took to Twitter in order to call out real UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, against whom the winner of Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson would likely have been matched next.
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 5, 2017
Ferguson was sitting cageside on Saturday night at UFC 209 and when the camera found him, The Ultimate Fighter season 13 winner once again called out Conor’s name before motioning that he wanted the strap.
These are the words and actions of a man who obviously doesn’t feel that he needs to win any more fights to secure a shot at ‘The Notorious’ one. Ferguson seems to think that Nurmagomedov’s withdrawal makes him next in line.
And he might be right.