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Tony Ferguson blasts Khabib Nurmagomedov over wanting to fight Floyd Mayweather: ‘The fans like me better’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Tony Ferguson has no time for UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s camp pursuing a potential boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Taking to this Twitter, “El Cucuy” blasted “The Eagle” for his recent comments claiming a matchup against the undefeated boxer would do more for his legacy, and wallet, than defending his UFC lightweight crown inside the Octagon.

This is just the latest chapter in the never-ending saga between the top two 155-pound fighters on the planet.

Initially, the two pugilists were slated to throw down at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December 2015. However, a broken rib forced Nurmagomedov out of the bout. The fight was then immediately re-booked, this time at UFC on FOX 19 April 2016. Only this this time it was Ferguson who pulled out with lung injury.

The pair were yet again booked to face off at UFC 209 in March 2017, this time for interim lightweight title. But, as has become custom, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the bout on the day of the official weigh-ins after be rushed to the hospital over complications with his weight-cut.

In keeping with tradition, UFC officials attempted to book Nurmagomedov and Ferguson for the fourth year in a row, this time at UFC 223 in April 2018.


Fourth time was the charm right?


Just days before the two men were set to clash over the undisputed lightweight crown, Ferguson injured his knee following a freak accident during UFC media obligations. Nurmagomedov would go on to capture the belt with a decision win over Ferguson’s replacement Al Iaquinta.

Six months later, in a cruel twist of fate, both Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were booked against different opponents for UFC 229 in October. Ferguson would go on to finish former champion Anthony Pettis in the co-main event while Nurmagomedov defended his title with a fourth-round submission over Conor McGregor in the headlining act.

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