It’s staggering to suppose that Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov by no means truly fought within the octagon.
Effectively, now the American has tried to land a passing blow at his previous rival, by insisting The Eagle is NOT unbeaten and ducked him by retiring with out defending his UFC light-weight title
It must be essentially the most cursed match-up in UFC historical past. 5 instances the UFC tried to match Ferguson with Khabib, however accidents after which the COVID-19 pandemic meant one thing all the time bought in the way in which.
At one level, that was the match-up to make at light-weight.
Ferguson had received 12 fights in a row within the UFC at 155lbs the final time this combat was scheduled to happen in 2020.
Khabib was unbeaten at 28-Zero general. Nonetheless, he couldn’t get out of Russia as a result of journey restrictions because of the world pandemic and, as soon as once more, the combat fell by way of.
Since then, Ferguson has misplaced twice to first Justin Gaethje after which Charles Olivieira, with Khabib beating the previous after which retiring.
If Khabib was to come back out of retirement, the thrill for it to be to lastly face Ferguson has dissipated reasonably shortly.
Nonetheless, when Khabib’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz mocked Ferguson’s newest coaching video, El Cucuy insisted the Russian retired 29-1 after dodging a title defence in opposition to him.
Writing on Twitter in response to Khabib’s supervisor, Ferguson stated: “Ali, I settle for your shopper fathead @TeamKhabib verbal faucet. 29-1 it’s.
“It’s MMA not jujitsu ya slop. Keep on with dodging fights on function and bein’ a bitter bish’.”
Ferguson’s final loss to Oliveira prompted the 27-year-old to make some massive adjustments in coaching and search out legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach.
And in an Instagram publish, Ferguson defined his determination to ditch his previous crew and companion up with Manny Pacquiao’s long-term coach.
“I used to not get hit,” stated the American.
“Then I modified issues up a bit. Needed to determine it out after getting hit an increasing number of every combat. Determined to not take any extra pointless harm and made the obligatory adjustments.
“I promised my religion/household/pals I’d not take harm like the previous couple of fights, and when a nook of mine wouldn’t work on easy slip drills I knew I needed to make adjustments.
“When a cornerman forgot water in the course of the spherical mid-fight I knew I needed to make adjustments. After I bought sick and bored with being sick and drained, I did one thing about it, give up bitchin’ and went to work.”
He’ll return to the octagon to tackle top-ten light-weight Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 on Might 15.