Tony Ferguson Reacts To Khabib Fight Cancellation

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By now the full burden of today’s disappointing news that the interim lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson in the co-main event of tomorrow’s (Sat., March 4, 2017) UFC 209 from Las Vegas had been cancelled, and none felt the harrowing situation’s weight more than the surging “El Cucuy.”

No. 2-ranked Ferguson, who was the consensus top contender along with Nurmagomedov for champion Conor McGregor‘s belt thanks to nine consecutive wins, could have blasted Khabib after their bad blood-hyped buildup to the fight. But “El Cucuy” actually did the opposite, offering the following classy tweet that seemed to have the most genuine of intentions:

Ferguson seems extremely understanding after both of them had each pulled out of one of their two previously scheduled meetings. He was set to finally capitalize on his biggest-ever UFC fight by far, and now it remains uncertain if he will ever get his bout with “The Eagle.”

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But he’s not going to let that get him down. Ferguson appeared at today’s UFC 209 ceremonial weigh-ins to address the situation to Octagon commentator Joe Rogan courtesy of MMAFighting.com:

Ferguson kept up with his positivity, saying everything happens for a reason and urging fans to still respect Nurmagomedov, the UFC, and the rest of the fighters on UFC 209 tomorrow night:

“I thought it was just a nightmare man; something worse than ‘El Cucuy.’ It’s just some shitty stuff we had to go through. No disrespect to Khabib or the UFC, but everything happens for a reason. This is a fighters’ sport, so I want everyone of you to give love for the UFC and give love to Khabib, and I really want you guys to buy this pay-per-view, because the rest of the fucking card is amazing!”