Dana White layout plan that Khabib Nurmagomedov to Fight Tony Ferguson Next
Undefeated champ Khabib Nurmagomedov who scored a dominant victory over Brazilian striker Edson Barboza at UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas. During the battering of Barboza, Khabib shouts at UFC brass Dana White and even after the conclusion of the show, waiting on him at his car to speak with him in the parking lot.
It seems like Khabib Nurmagomedov’s convincing and forceful marketing campaign has paid off.
UFC brass Dana White laid out some immediate plans for a couple UFC title pictures in a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports‘ Kevin Iole.(transcript via MMAJunkie)
Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will likely be the next to challenge for featherweight title against current champ Cris Cyborg Justino. Dana White also said a title fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will likely happen next in line for the interim belt before undisputed 155-pound champ Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon to face the winner.
“As long as Conor is willing to fight by March, we could do Khabib vs. Tony … and then the winner fights Conor for the title,” White told Yahoo! Sports. “Or, if Conor wants to sit out until next fall, then we’d have to make Khabib vs. Tony for the title – not the interim title.”
“First of all, Conor is a smart kid. Conor is a very smart guy. He gets what happened with the Floyd [Mayweather] fight. Those are f-cking unicorns, those kind of fights, and I’ve never been afraid to pay Conor McGregor money. Conor brings the money in. We’ve laid out a very nice offer for him and he’s a smart kid, I think we’ll figure it out. I’ve always figured it out with him. I’ve always ended up getting a deal done with Conor McGregor. The question is, does he have so much money that he doesn’t care anymore and he doesn’t really want to fight? But that’s up to him.”
However, McGregor has recently complained about pay; Dana White said UFC star who’s coming off a boxing pay-per-view blockbuster with pugilist Floyd Mayweather, should be satisfied with the financial offer he makes him get back in the UFC octagon.
As per White, if Irishman doesn’t return to the Octagon for no reason or another by March of 2018 then it Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fight with Tony Ferguson will be for the real lightweight title.
For women’s fight, Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes, it’d signify the UFC’s first female champion-vs.champion fight. However, Cyborg recently announced she accepted a fight with Invicta FC titleholder Megan Anderson at UFC 221, the Australian shoot down it as “fake news” soon after.
“Amanda Nunes wants to fight Cyborg,” White said. “That is the fight to make, and that is the fight I will make. That’s the fight.
“Amanda Nunes is a big, strong, powerful puncher. I think she matches up very well with Cyborg too, and I think that’s a fun fight. And that’s the fight to make.”
Reigning champ Cris Cyborg who is coming off a win over former bantamweight champ Holly Holm at UFC 219.
Are you guys excited to see their match-ups?