Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history. For years fans have been waiting for this mega lightweight showdown. However, for various reasons this fight keeps falling apart.
We were very close to witness this fight at UFC 249. But, Khabib Nurmagomedov had to pull out of the fight due to a pandemic outbreak and Justin Gaethje ended up replacing him. And now Gaethje is the interim champion and lays claim to the next title shot at UFC 254.
Despite more than five attempts to make this fight happen neither the fans nor Tony Ferguson has given up on this dream fight. In a recent post on Instagram, Ferguson said:
How can Tony Ferguson fight Khabib Nurmagomedov?
Khabib Nurmagomedov takes on Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 next. Now it’s possible that he will go after the GSP fight after UFC 254. But, he also said that he is open to fighting Conor McGregor or Tony Ferguson.
In order to get an opportunity at the lightweight title, Ferguson will have to secure one more victory in the lightweight division. Or else Dana White will end up giving Conor McGregor the title shot against Khabib Nurmagoedov, which is financially a bigger fight.
Conor McGregor might end up fighting Dustin Poirier next at the end of this year. And that leaves one big fight for Tony Ferguson in the division, which is against Michael Chandler.
Michael Chandler is the stand by for the title fight at UFC 254. And a win over former Bellator champion will certainly earn Ferguson a shot at the title.
But, again if Conor gets a win over Poirier then UFC might go ahead with Conor vs Khabib rematch. There are a lot of moving pieces in the lightweight division and it would be intriguing to see what happens after UFC 254.