Tony Ferguson Wants To Fight Khabib At UFC 245
After yesterday’s announcement that Max Holloway will defend his featherweight title against Alex Volkanovski at UFC 245, we now have two title fights on the card. This followed last month’s announcement that Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie on the card. It has been speculated that the UFC want three title fights on the card. And if Tony Ferguson gets his way, the third title fight will see him challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The two have been scheduled to meet inside the Octagon four times previously but each time disaster has struck and the fight has been scrapped.
Not only is this the fight that the fans have been calling out for, but there is no one more deserving of challenging Khabib for his UFC lightweight title right now than Ferguson. The 35 year old is on a twelve fight win streak, going back to 2012, and has finished all but three of those twelve opponents.
Taking to social media yesterday, Ferguson challenged ‘Ol Fathead’ Khabib to a showdown at UFC 245.
UFC president Dana White has been a little lukewarm towards giving Ferguson a shot at the title in the past but even the UFC boss is adamant that ‘El Cucuy’ is next for Khabib. Although he did state at the UFC 242 post fight press conference that if for what ever reason Tony couldn’t make the walk, Conor McGregor would likely get the shot instead.
Speaking to TMZ Sports last week though, Dana had changed his tune slightly. Although he was still adamant that Ferguson is next in line for Khabib, Dana did say that if Tony couldn’t fight Khabib, then he would look to make the GSP fight instead.
Team Khabib haven’t responded to Ferguson’s tweet yet. And although Khabib himself has said that Tony deserves the next shot at him, he has stated that he will never fight in Las Vegas again, following the action taken against him and his teammates, in relation to the fracas that took place after he beat McGregor at UFC 229.
It’s unlikely that we will see Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson before the end of the year, with early 2020 being more realistic, but you never know. We can hope!