Khabib Nurmagomedov And Tony Ferguson to fight for vacate title.
UFC lightweight champ Conor Mcgregor will be stripped of his title on Saturday – to let interim champ Tony Ferguson and undefeated Dagestan fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov fight for it – according to reports In Russia.
UFC star Mcgregor has been missing from the octagon since claiming the 155lb title against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, back in November of 2016, allowing Ferguson to clinch the interim belt.
The fight will allegedly get announced at the UFC 220 event on Sunday in Boston where Francis Ngannou challenges Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt.
Russian site Tass claims a source close to the Khabib has announced an April 7 showdown has been granted and will happen in New York, with McGregor left empty-handed.
UFC brass Dana White said McGregor’s MMA hiatus had simply dragged on too long.
“I don’t think Conor wants to fight until August, but if he waits until August or September, that’s around two years since the belt has been defended, and that can’t happen,”
Dagestan fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov proved he is still one of the very best in the entire world after his dominating show over Brazilian Edson Barboza at UFC 219.
He told White that he would not settle for an interim title, refusing to fight until the UFC made a decision. With his religious holiday of Ramadan approaching in May, it was a decision that needed to be done very quickly. It looks like things got done for UFC 223 which is slated for Brooklyn.
Breaking! I have confirmed with sources that Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the undisputed UFC lightweight title at #UFC223 in Brooklyn. The bout will be made official later this week. McGregor will be stripped of his title. The bout was 1st reported by TASS
— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) January 16, 2018
Tony Ferguson will be all healed by that time and ready for the bout in April.
If Khabib Nurmagomedov can get past the very game and unorthodox Tony Ferguson, it could very well set up a gigantic fight for the Russian card in September between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
Are you guys excited to see this super fight?