It looks like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson’s rivalry will be taking a backseat for the moment.

The dream fight between the pair will no longer be taking place for the foreseeable future following Justin Gaethje‘s fifth-round TKO win over Ferguson in the UFC 249 headliner last night. As a result, Gaethje became interim lightweight champion and will now go on to face Nurmagomedov later this year.

Nurmagomedov appeared shocked more than anyone else — at least going by his initial reaction to the fight’s conclusion — before he congratulated Gaethje soon after. And although his rivalry with Ferguson did get heated at times, he sent out a message of support to his old foe.

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“Whatever happened is in the past,” Nurmagomedov tweeted on Sunday. “Heads up Tony, I hope everything is good with you and your family. When your son grow up, he’ll be proud with you. @TonyFergusonXT”

It isn’t the end of the world when it comes to seeing a Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson matchup. After all, even just one win could see “El Cucuy” enter title contention again.

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However, given that the fight has failed to come to fruition five times while Conor McGregor has also been campaigning for a rematch with Nurmagomedov, the chances of it happening appear more slim than before.

What do you make of Nurmagomedov’s message for Ferguson?