Tony Ferguson hits back after Khabib Nurmagomedov says ‘stupid’ rival is ‘finished’ after Justin Gaethje loss
For most MMA fans, it’s got to the point where everyone almost accepts that Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are destined to never meet.
It’s a fight that has been attempted on five separate occasions now and it’s failed to materialise every single time.
One fight that is happening, however, is Justin Gaethje vs Khabib.
Gaethje dominated Ferguson back in May and got the stoppage victory, and after that defeat Khabib said he believes Ferguson is done.
“Tony Ferguson is finished now,” Nurmagomedov told ESPN. “He’s gonna come back, and someone gonna beat him again, I believe. Because when you take damage like this, you’re never going to be the same. Never. Even if you’re Tony Ferguson.
“I like Tony Ferguson but he’s a stupid guy, this is what I think. He keep talking about me.
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“Why are you talking about me? Justin Gaethje just smashed your face, smash you everywhere. Why are you talking about me?”
As you can imagine, El Cucuy did not take that sentiment well.
Ferguson responded with a Twitter post, which read: “@TeamKhabib @Justin_Gaethje I’ll see you soon, Fathead. You Can’t Run Well & Conditioning Sucks. Only reason you feel bad is because you did bad.
“I Own You, Chicken # 200k & 20Pushups For The Homeless. U [sic] Two Are Managed By @AliAbdelaziz00 I’ll Make It A Point To See You Both.’
Khabib is not wrong – Ferguson isn’t in the position to be saying he owns anyone right now, but he’s still a top-tier lightweight.
He could easily get the next shot if he grabs a victory.
With Conor McGregor facing Dustin Poirier next – the man Ferguson was originally going to meet on the same card as Khabib vs Gaethje – Ferguson needs to find a good win and fast to keep his name in the title mix.
It’s been speculated that the winner of McGregor vs Poirier will get the winner of Khabib vs Gaethje, but McGregor has made it clear that he intends to return to boxing and fight Manny Pacquiao after facing Poirier.