Khabib Nurmagamedov is one of the most feared fighters on the planet right now. Except if you’re Tony Ferguson because then you’re not afraid of anything. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if ‘El Cucuy’ corners Khabib between rounds, because that’s the type of wildman he is.
Many people – including UFC President Dana White – are already looking past their clash. The plan is for the lightweight champion to fight Conor McGregor in a rematch. To add further unnecessary spice to the pot, Saudi Arabia has allegedly offered $100 million to host the event.
Of course, Ferguson may beat Khabib and scupper this totally. Furthermore, Khabib is proving remarkably stubborn about a rematch with his Irish nemesis. He’s a man of principle and has already made a lot of money. Do you think this fight will go down in the future?
When asked by TMZ if he’d fight McGregor for $100 million, Khabib replied scornfully. He’s already a very wealthy man and doesn’t care about fuelling the Irishman’s ego. In short, he believes it would be better to donate that sort of cash to a worthy cause instead of lining his pockets. Let’s see what happens if the money is actually put down on the table.
Khabib is currently preparing for his eagerly anticipated clash with Tony Ferguson in April. Most diehard MMA fans would sacrifice their thirdborn child if it guaranteed this fight happens. It’s already been canceled four times in the past. However, the lightweight champion insists that it’s all going well this time around. He told TMZ:
“For the past month and a half, I’ve been consistently training day and night. I’ve gotten myself in good shape to where I’m supposed to be 70 days before a fight. I feel great.”
Please, MMA Gods. We’re begging you. Just give us this one.
Meanwhile, Jon Jones believes that he’s the greatest fighter in the UFC and not Khabib. ‘Bones’ will defend his title against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. But he thinks that he has already done enough to earn GOAT status. Only time will tell whose legacy shines brighter.
“I think Khabib’s an amazing fighter,” Jones told ESPN. “I think he’s done a great job representing the UFC. He’s a great ambassador for our sport. But if you were to ask some MMA experts about myself and Khabib, I think most people would be able to tell our resumes are completely different.
I’ve fought so many world champions under my belt that I’ve defeated. Khabib, a lot of his victories are against a lot of people that are relatively unknown, I’ve been fighting legends since I was a young man in my early 20s.”