UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has spilled the beans that the UFC have been trying to put together an interim lightweight title fight between the current holder of the belt, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 219 in Las Vegas on December 30th.
“So I walk into the gym today and @khabib_nurmagomedov walks up and says the @Ufc is wanting to make me vs @tonyfergusonxt for dec 30,” Cormier stated on Twitter. “Then he tells me that tony is saying no to the fight. Come on Tony, that ain’t gangsta bruh. Take the fight man!!!!”
Nurmagomedov has since confirmed that what DC claims is true, but insists that he is still training for his already scheduled fight with Edson Barboza on the same card.
“To be clear I was offered to fight @TonyFergusonXT on December 30th and I accepted the fight but my focus is barboza,” Nurmagomedov Wrote.
Ferguson had been hoping to secure a money-spinning title fight with Conor McGregor next, and though it seems thats highly unlikely to happen at UFC 219, its not hard to see why he wouldn’t exactly be rushing to step into the Octagon with another very dangerous opponent in the mean time and risk blowing his chance of securing by far the biggest payday of his career.
However, the dilemma for Ferguson is that there’s no guarantee that McGregor will fight him next as he has plenty of other options to choose from, both in the Octagon and the boxing ring.