Khabib Nurmagomedov was supposed to defend his belt against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 but that is no longer happening because Khabib is stuck in Russie amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Russia is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world right now and travel restrictions have made it impossible for Nurmagomedov to fight right now. Instead, Ferguson will be fighting Justin Gaethje this Saturday, although fans are still disappointed that Khabib won’t make it.
Ferguson has been quite harsh on Khabib, saying he purposely went to Russie, knowing it would eventually close before the fight. During today’s episode of First Take, Ferguson reiterated his distaste for Khabib and noted that the UFC fighter doesn’t exist to him anymore. Ferguson also thinks Khabib should just relinquish his belt and retire from the sport completely.
This interview certainly made for some great fight promo although getting on Khabib’s bad side is probably not a great idea. Nurmagomedov is undefeated right now and made quick work of Conor McGregor almost two full years ago. Even if Ferguson beats Gaethje on Saturday, he will probably have to face Khabib eventually and when that happens, he will most likely be singing a different tune.
Let us know who you think would win in a fight between Khabib and Ferguson?