It appears the highly anticipated will-they-won’t-they match-up between top lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is on course for sometime in March of this year.
The source: Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father and coach of “The Eagle.”
Now, if this latest information from Nurmagomedov Sr., is to be taken at face value, well, it finally puts to rest the shenanigans of the last month and a half:
• Which has seen negotiations soured time and again.
• Enticements of an interim lightweight title bout that would’ve been contested between Nurmagomedov and current featherweight champ Jose Aldo (a UFC ploy seemingly to coerce Ferguson to the bargaining table).
• And for the coup de grâce (from the not so sublime to the downright ludicrous) – Nurmagomedov proffering “El Cucuy” 200k of his own money to make the fight happen. A gesture Ferguson respectfully turned down.
To add to the Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson intrigue, a recent Tweet by Ariel Helwani would suggest it’s increasingly likely that UFC 209 is where their battle takes place.