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Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016

Khabib Nurmagomedov Open to Interim Title Fight With Tony Ferguson

Khabib Nurmagomedov punching Michael Johnson (photo via UFC)

By FCF Staff

Not long after he tapped out Michael Johnson at UFC 205, Khabib Nurmagomedov announced he wouldn’t be returning to the UFC unless he fights for the lightweight title next. But, according to a new report, it looks like the renowned grappler is open to one other fight.

Last week, Nurmagomedov said he would not fight under the UFC banner again, unless he’s booked for a title shot. Since then, however, Dana White has reported that lightweight champ Conor McGregor, won’t be fighting again until next May at the earliest. The Irish star is an expecting father.

Well, according to a follow up report from Bloody Elbow, Nurmagomedov recently told the Russian outlet MK the following:

“Now I just want to go underground and take a break for a month and a half,” said Khabib. “Not from training and from the media, just the media, I’m tired. And in terms of plans in the UFC, there are two: an interim title fight with Tony Ferguson, or fight for a real belt against Conor McGregor.”

“Of course, I would like the second option (McGregor), but am inclined to think that they want to set me up with Ferguson. Well, I’ll take the fight.”

With the win over Johnson, Nurmagomedov moved his overall record to 24-0. Ferguson, meanwhile, is riding a nine fight winning streak.

posted by FCF Staff @ 3:46 pm
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