Khabib Addresses Ferguson and Gaethje Post-UFC 249

Divisional kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov addressed both men involved in UFC 249’s interim lightweight title fight. After the main event bloodbath on May 9th, the undisputed lightweight champion’s social media accounts were active. Khabib Nurmagomedov sent out a surprisingly encouraging message to long time rival Tony Ferguson.

Khabib Addresses Ferguson and Gaethje

Despite Nurmagomedov and Ferguson encountering five-fight cancellations, Khabib has seemingly put their beef aside. At least for now. From Khabib’s official twitter account, the Ferguson tweet says, “Whatever happened is in the past. 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”. Ferguson was TKOed in the fifth round in a defeat that halted a twelve fight winning streak. El Cucuy had amassed this streak over some of the best 155lb-ers in the world.

In relation to Gaethje’s win, it at first seemed as if Khabib would perhaps not articulate anything at all.

Later on though, the Twitter and Instagram pages of Khabib would post a lengthier bit of commentary. Getting more specific with the Dagestan native’s thoughts on the newly minted interim lightweight titlist. In a translation via Instagram, it stated, “In this sport and especially in this weight, there will always be hungry lions who will breathe in your back, if you rest. Some go and others come, there’s nothing to be surprised. But I won’t fall before the shot. We are still fighting.”

Khabib has indicated a level of interest in returning to compete in July. Gaethje has articulated that he is a bit beat up but after a recovery period, he thinks August or September would work out. A timeline for this unification bout is nebulous but what a barnburner that will be. Once it comes to fruition, of course.

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