Quote: Ferguson Fight Can’t Be Taken Away From Khabib


No. 1-ranked UFC lightweight contender Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov was slated to meet No. 2-ranked Tony Ferguson at March 4’s UFC 209 for the interim 155-pound title, but he was forced to withdraw from the bout just a day prior after suffering from weight cutting issues that caused him to be hospitalized.

Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have now been scheduled to meet multiple times, although the bout has yet to come to fruition. With lightweight king Conor McGregor’s future uncertain, Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson is the fight to make, and according to ex-middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, who trains with “The Eagle”, the UFC should re-book the bout:

“(It’s) unfortunate,” said Rockhold during a recent appearance on Submission Radio. “That was the fight I was really looking forward to for Khabib and it’s been a long time working with that man and I know he’s put in the time and the effort and deserved it, so it just sucks.

“From what I understand he wasn’t getting any blood to his liver and something went wrong with the weight cut. It was very similar to his last fight from what I understand and just something went wrong. You never know with these weight cuts I guess. But I think he’s ready to go and we can re-book that thing.”

Rockhold even went as far to say that the fight ‘can’t’ be taken away from Nurmagomedov, despite his history with injuries and weight cutting issues:

“I don’t think it should take much time. I think he’s hungry, I think he’s ready,” added Rockhold. “What other choice do you have? Khabib is undefeated, he’s beaten everybody, he’s done more than anybody. You can’t take that fight away, you can’t take the title away. It just needs to be re-booked. I think it should be re-booked as soon as possible”

Do you agree with Rockhold’s comments?

  • Shock Wave

    Re-book the fight, plain and simple

    • JamesC

      or book ferg vs nate

      • Bill Wolf

        That would probably work out like trying to book Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez.

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      Or just move on from the whole Nurmy thing
      We keep getting worked up about what Nurmy could, would, might have done,
      but it never happens

      • Shock Wave

        Ferguson vs Khabib will happen before McGregor vs Mayweather.

  • Bill Wolf

    The Tony Ferguson fight can be taken away from Khabib Nurmagomedov. He took it away himself.

    Tony Ferguson has done everything right. He should be the next to fight Conor McGregor.

  • David Twardy

    When Conor fights at FW and clearly has a tough cut he’s fighting midgets…. When Khabib can’t make weight, he’s the GOAT and it should be booked as many times as it takes until it happens.