Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will square off in the main headliner of April 7’s UFC 223 card, for undisputed UFC Lightweight title, in Brooklyn, New York.
The highly anticipated matchup has scratched through multiple times over the years for a variety of reasons.
On Wednesday, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson engaged in an hour-Long heated argument during UFC 223 Conference Call.
The build-up to this showdown has been tremendous as these two great athletes are doing all they can do to sell this fight to not only the hardcore fans but the mainstream fans as well.
Both fighters traded insults and interrupted each other during the heated press conference, Nurmagomedov predicts how he will finish Tony Ferguson: (Quote Via MMAFighting)
“I’m going to give him a very strong left hook — left hook, he goes down and then I choke him,” chimed Nurmagomedov when he was asked how the fight would come to close.
“So a rear-naked choke, that’s what he’s thinking?” remarked Ferguson in response. “I’ve got something planned for your ass.
“I’m going to give him very nice D’arce choke,” said Nurmagomedov.
Khabib Nurmagomedov went to praise Tony Ferguson, who had amassed an impressive ten-fight win streak, right before taking aim at his interim championship status.
“He’s a tough guy. He’s a good fighter, a very good fighter,” Nurmagomedov began.
“[He’s on a] 10-fight win streak, but UFC don’t give him respect because of Conor — Conor is still the real champ. [Ferguson] is interim champ, I don’t understand it, but he’s upset about this. It’s okay, Tony. He’s a great fighter, but his personality…I don’t understand this guy — he looks stupid.”
Khabib has started off his career with 25 straight wins, proving to many that he is without a doubt one of the best fighters in the world. ‘The Eagle’ went on to say that this will be the hardest fight of my life.
“[As a] fighter, of course I do not underestimate him. I respect him as a fighter. He has very good skills. When I’m preparing I think it’s gonna be the hardest fight of my life, this is what I’m thinking,” Nurmagomedov said.
“This is an MMA fight. This is not grappling or striking — this is an MMA fight. We have a plan and we’ve worked on this. When the cage door closes I’m going to listen to my coaches, my corners and follow my plan,” he said. “This is why this fight is so interesting because nobody knows what’s going to happen.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov is not worried about Tony Ferguson’s unorthodox striking and impressive range of submissions.
“All my life, nobody make me tap — nobody. At amateur, training…it doesn’t matter…I never get tired and I never tap.”