Tony Ferguson gives injury update, eyes title shot upon return

Tony Ferguson responds to Khabib Nurmagomedov wanting to box Floyd Mayweather

For all the times that fans have been hoping to see Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov and been let down due to varying circumstances, Tony Ferguson refuses to give up on that fight. The former interim champion Ferguson also grabbed a victory at UFC 229 when Nurmagomedov defended his lightweight title over Conor McGregor and many called for the fight to once again be made with the title on the line this time.

Others who may have lost hope in a possible Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov fight have called for top-contender Dustin Poirier to get the next title opportunity against Khabib, but the champion also has other ideas for the next fight in his career as well. During a press conference that took place in Moscow, Russia on Monday, Nurmagomedov said he preferred a fight with Floyd Mayweather over a fight with Ferguson.

“For legacy and in the sense of the money aspect, and in a sporting sense, I think the Mayweather fight is much more interesting”

No matter what his preference is whether it be Mayweather or Ferguson, Nurmagomedov’s next opponent won’t be figured out until he meets with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on December 10. For his role in a post-fight melee at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov was suspended indefinitely by the NSAC which has prevented his team and the UFC from making any kind of deal or announcement on what’s next, until he receives his full punishment for the melee.

As Nurmagomedov and his team awaits word from the NSAC, Tony Ferguson has taken issue with being overlooked for a possible fight with Floyd Mayweather. Ferguson took to Twitter to call out the lightweight champion, telling him he couldn’t “box his way out of a bag” as he tries to get the next title fight.

If it was to be made, it would be the fifth time that a Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov fight was scheduled by the UFC with the previous four being cancelled for various injury reasons between the two. Ferguson defeated Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 in his return from a knee injury that pulled him from a title fight against Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. With his win over Pettis, Ferguson extended his win streak to 11 but was stripped of his interim title prior to 223 when Nurmagomedov faced Al Iaquinta for the official lightweight title.

During UFC 229 fight week, Ferguson brought his belt with him to all the media obligations to make it known that he was still the champion in his mind, and he’s made it clear he won’t stop pursuing a fight with Nurmagomedov.