Brendan Schaub thinks the UFC and fans are overlooking Tony Ferguson ahead of his UFC 249 title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The talk since Conor McGregor won at UFC 246 was that he would rematch Nurmagomedov later this year. Yet, Dana White has very rarely mentioned what would happen if Tony Ferguson wins, which he has a very good chance of doing.
For Schaub, he has no idea why White and the UFC are continuing to talk about the rematch when Nurmagomedov still has a fight coming up.
“This is the other thing. I heard Dana go, him [Conor McGregor] vs. Khabib would be the biggest UFC fight ever. And they keep saying Khabib this, Khabib that. Dude, Khabib has the toughest fight of his life coming up in April,” Schaub said on his Below The Belt podcast (via MMANews). “The toughest fight of his life. That is not a gimme. That is by far the worst matchup he’s ever experienced in his life. Let’s say Khabib gets out of there with a win, a decision. I promise you he ain’t finishing Tony Ferguson. If there’s a finish, it’s Tony Ferguson finishing Khabib. Bet money on that.”
Brendan Schaub believes that Khabib Nurmagomedov will be hurt in that fight and will be medically suspended for a couple of months which may halt the talk of a rematch in 2020.
“However, let’s say Khabib beats him which I’m sure Vegas has him by decision, that thing’s not gonna be pretty man. Khabib may get beaten the f*ck up. He might win, but he’s eating some elbows, there’s gonna be cuts, there’s gonna be problems. That ain’t gonna be a fight where he can fight Tony Ferguson and then a month later take a fight. I guarantee you he gets a 120-day suspension after fighting Tony Ferguson. Win, lose, or draw he’s getting a 120-day suspension. That ain’t gonna be quick, that thing’s gonna be a f*cking war. Those are the best two ’55ers on the f*cking planet. That’s the best matchup at lightweight of all time.”
In the end, Brendan Schaub knows how tough Tony Ferguson is and knows people need to stop overlooking him ahead of UFC 249.
“So everyone keeps going, yeah Khabib man, Khabib this. I’m like dude, are you sh*tting me? Khabib has such a difficult task in front of him. You guys are just assuming he gets by that. Then you’re assuming he gets by him with flying colors and there’s no repercussions.”
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime