Nurmagomedov has been booked to fight Ferguson on March 4th at UFC 209, in what will determine the promotion’s interim lightweight champ. As a result, the expectation is that the winner will face the reigning champ, Mr. McGregor, later this year.
Recently the UFC held a press conference to promote UFC 209, and while speaking to the media, Nurmagomedov had this to say (quote via MMA Junkie):
“This is what I want: A fight with Tony. I’m going to finish him. After (that), finish Conor and the UFC maybe (will) want to make a rematch with Conor. But I say no,” Nurmagomedov said. “This is a very interesting situation. Finish Tony Ferguson, finish Conor McGregor … at the end of the year, maybe UFC (will) try to make a rematch. But I’ll say, ‘Bye-bye guys.’ He doesn’t deserve this. Then I’ll fight with another real contender.”
Nurmagomedov also took aim at McGregor’s accomplishments, as the vaunted grappler noted the latter was defeated by Nate Diaz, who in turn, “The Eagle” argued, was defeated by all the top level 155’ers. Then, Nurmagomedov cited the fact that Eddie Alvarez has gone 3-2 in the UFC to date…
McGregor talk aside, Nurmagomedov will have to get past Ferguson first, who has been on a ridiculous roll.
UFC 209 will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.