UFC Head Honcho Dana White Believes Tony Ferguson Should Be In Line Next For Khabib Nurmagomedov Not Conor Mcgregor
Undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov dismantled former two-division champion Conor Mcgregor via submission in the fourth round before UFC 229 descended into a brawl earlier this month. Shortly after the defeat, Mcgregor called for a rematch, but according to UFC president Dana White, that’s not the current plan.
White who recently spoke to ESPN, saying former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is the deserving candidate who should be in line next for Khabib, not Mcgregor.
“I haven’t even thought about a [McGregor] rematch,” White told ESPN. “Obviously, I know Conor wants a rematch. We need to do what’s right and what’s fair. We’ll see how it plays out. We literally haven’t thought about it yet.
”… As a fight fan, you’ve got to go with Tony [Ferguson]. Tony had the belt, tweaked his knee, got stripped, this fight happens — Tony never lost the [interim] belt in a fight. Neither did Conor, but Conor got the opportunity to actually fight [Nurmagomedov]. I think Tony deserves the next shot.”
Of course for financial standpoint, Mcgregor vs. Khabib rematch will do record-breaking business as their first fight just set a record of selling 2.4 million pay-per-view (PPV) buys. Even UFC commentator Joe Rogan said earlier this week that Khabib defeated Conor McGregor in fairly one-sided fashion, so the immediate rematch is not necessary at this point. So he’d rather see Ferguson fight Khabib next.
With White shoot down the talks of Mcgregor rematch, Ferguson is favorite to land a fight against ‘Eagle’ next. Both lightweights scheduled to fight for four times in the past but nagging injuries and weight cut issues didn’t allow both fighters to the square off inside the Octagon.
Many fights fans may want to see a Mcgregor rematch, but look at Ferguson who’s currently riding on 11 fight win streak, after beating Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 isn’t a bad alternative.
Before anything get final, Khabib has to get through NSAC for his role in post-fight melee official hearing is on October 24.