Officially, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s bout with Tony Ferguson on Saturday is for the interim, 155 title, but according to “The Eagle”, it will crown the UFC’s real lightweight champ.
Nurmagmedov and Ferguson have been booked to fight for an interim belt at UFC 209, since the champion Conor McGregor is taking a break, in advance of his first child. Nurmagomedov is currently ranked #1 in the division, on account of his 24-0 record, and Ferguson is sitting in the #2 spot, as a result of a nine fight winning streak.
Currently it’s not clear when McGregor will fight again, and if he’ll agree to face the winner of Nurmagomedov – Ferguson. The Irish star has said he wants to box Floyd Mayweather next, and he’s also called Nurmagomedov and Ferguson “bums”. Nurmagomedov was asked recently if he thinks Saturday’s bout will determine the undisputed champ, and the undefeated fighter said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“100 percent I think this is real championship fight,” Nurmagomedov said. “I don’t care about (McGregor). You guys know Uncle Dana (White) give him gift. He jump over all contenders, and he fight for the title.”
“He caught him a couple times, he go down, Eddie Alvarez – this fight for me is a fake fight,” Nurmagomedov added, while referring to McGregor’s championship win over Alvarez. “I don’t think about him. We have real fight now. This is like the people’s main event. This is one of the biggest fights of 2017, of all time in the UFC.”
Now, whether you believe McGregor should have been granted a shot at the lightweight title or not, chances are you really, really want to see him face either Nurmagomedov or Ferguson. Hopefully that fight happens in the not too distant future.
UFC 209 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.