- Tony Ferguson rekindled his rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov once again and claimed “The Eagle” owes him more than half a million dollars
- The pair never got the chance to face each other during their prime
Tony Ferguson may never face Khabib Nurmagomedov inside the Octagon but that doesn’t mean their rivalry is also over. In fact, “El Cucuy” recently took a dig at “The Eagle,” claiming the former UFC lightweight champ and his manager Ali Abdelaziz owe him a huge amount of money.
More than 500 grand
On Twitter, Ferguson wrote a juicy note hinting at apparent wrongdoing in a business deal. In it, “El Cucuy” mentioned that Nurmagomedov and Abdelaziz still owe him “over half a mil.” The details weren’t clear though.
“Your still my b*tch @TeamKhabib @AliAbdelaziz You c*nts owe me over half a mil now. I’ll take it off your heads like a haircut as you did business wrong with w: me. Nuh uh uhhh…Daddy don’t forget…Check it out, I’m a tracker taught by my pops. Never like to kill, but for you,” Ferguson wrote.
Your still my bitch @TeamKhabib @AliAbdelaziz00 You cunts owe me over a half a mil now. I’ll take it off your heads like a haircut as you did business wrong w: me. Nuh uh uhhh… Daddy don’t forget,.. Check it out, I’m a tracker taught by my pops. Never like to kill. But for you pic.twitter.com/kgJGhdTKY6
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) February 25, 2023
Never meant to happen
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were two of the most prominent names in the UFC, and their rivalry was widely recognized. They were set to compete against each other in the lightweight division on five separate occasions, but unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the fight never took place.
The last time the UFC scheduled Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson was in April 2020 at UFC 249. Everything was going well except for the travel restrictions that did not let Khabib leave Russia due to COVID-19. Instead, the UFC replaced Nurmagomedov with Justin Gaethje, who TKO’d Ferguson to win the interim lightweight title.
In October 2020, Nurmagomedov submitted Gaethje in their unification bout and retired from MMA the following year. Ferguson, meanwhile, went on to lose to Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 and never got the chance to prove that he’s worthy of another title shot.
Nevertheless, Ferguson still continued to call Nurmagomedov out. Last year, “El Cucuy” said he’s open to fighting Khabib at welterweight or even at middleweight. A few months later, Ferguson challenged Nurmagomedov again to go head-to-head as coaches of The Ultimate Fighter.