UFC 249 – Khabib Nurmagomedov Beating Tony Ferguson Makes Me The Greatest
The UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is preparing for an anticipated showdown with former interim champ Tony Ferguson and despite their differences and the fact that he dislikes him, Khabib believes that beating Ferguson at UFC 249 will cenment his UFC Legacy.
The undefeated champion Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) has been booked with Ferguson(25-3, 15-1 UFC) four times in the past but non of the fights materialised, with both fighters pulling out twice each.
“I like challenges,” Nurmagomedov told MMA Junkie at a Friday news conference in Las Vegas. “If you watch, like, when I fought Conor (McGregor), when I fought Dustin Poirier, when I fought all my fights – this guy is one of the best in the world. When I watch my legacy in the lightweight division, I think, ‘Hey, I have to fight this Tony Ferguson.’”
Both fighters are ranked No.1 and No.2 respectively by the USA Today Sports/ MMA Junkie Lightweight rankings and both will face themselves in the battle for supremacy in the headlining bout of UFC 249 on April 18th at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York.
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The fighters tension between the fighters seem very high as they expressed their grievances Verbally during their stare-down during their press conference ahead of their lightweight collision on month from now.
However, Khabib has explained he doesn’t like Ferguson as a person but has a lot of respect for his personality in the ring, having won “The Ultimate Fighter 13” and owning a massive 12 fight winning streak.
“I think we have to fight,” Nurmagomedov said. “I think he deserves this. He’s a real challenge. I respect his skills, but (as a) fighter. He is a very good fighter, but why people don’t like him is because he’s a stupid guy. Nobody understands him. Like, honestly, he looks stupid. That’s why nobody likes him. But (as a) fighter, he’s a very good fighter, and I respect his skill. That’s why he’s here.
“Biggest fight of the year, and we’ll see April 18.”
Khabib believes, he has to defeat Ferguson to cement his legacy as the best MMA Lightweight in the world.
“If I want to become the greatest lightweight ever, I have to beat this guy,” Nurmagomedov said. “That’s why I’m here.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Tony Ferguson