Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov Can Happen- Here’s How

Published 05/07/2021, 3:00 PM EDT


Combat sports fans always want to see the biggest fights, especially UFC fans. Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov was one such epic fight every fan wanted to see.

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Both men are considered two of the greatest lightweights to have ever graced the UFC Octagon. Despite being scheduled to fight 5 times over the course of their careers, the duo never actually met in the octagon.

Fans just can’t get over the fact that they didn’t get to see this fight. Many believe ‘El Cucuy’ was the kryptonite that ‘The Eagle’ never had in his career.

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Ferguson’s unique style of fighting and toughness and durability could indeed have been a combo to trouble the undefeated Dagestani.

But this fight can still potentially happen. However, the chances are slim to none, especially considering Nurmagomedov’s inactive status.

Ferguson too got his 12-fight winning streak snapped and is on a 2-fight skid since his last unsuccessful booking against Nurmagomedov.

‘El Cucuy’ fights Beneil Dariush this month at UFC 262 as he looks to find his way back to winning ways. Given his body of work over the course of his UFC career, one or two wins should put him right back in title contention.

But a triumph against Dariush is a mandate for him to challenge for the undisputed UFC gold somewhere in the future.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Tony Ferguson interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, is currently retired. He announced his decision to hang his gloves up for good after successfully defending his title at UFC 254. The Russian has since vacated his title.

Can Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov actually happen?

Ferguson can springboard into title contention with an impressive win over Dariush. Maybe another triumph can see him fight for the belt. If ‘El Cucuy’ can somehow capture the lightweight belt, that makes the fight much easier to organize.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Nurmagomedov retired without realizing his father’s dream of reaching 30-0 as a fighter. Therefore, if Ferguson wins the belt in the future and grabs the mic to call out Nurmagomedov for a fight, we might see the Russian make a comeback.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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