The next opponent of Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Dagestan, Russia is not likely to be Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, 31, of Dublin, Ireland. Recently, UFC president Dana White, 50, hinted at a possible bout between Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson, 35, of Ventura, California, United States and the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion.
White was asked about a possible match between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson in January 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in an interview with Dave “The Schmo” Schmulenson. The UFC president said, “Nothing is holding up.”
“The fight is in the process of being made,” White continued. “It’s obviously the next fight to make so it will happen.”
If Ferguson beats Nurmagomedov, the American mixed martial artist will become the first ever athlete to defeat the Dagestani fighter in a professional MMA bout. The reigning UFC Lightweight Champion currently holds a professional MMMA record of 28 wins and 0 loss.
Nurmagomedov has yet to release a statement about his next bout. But it is expected that his next bout will not be in the remaining months of 2019.
On October 24, 2019, McGregor met with media members in Moscow, Russia. He expressed his interest in having a rematch with Nurmagomedov.
On October 6, 2018, McGregor challenged Nurmagomedov in the main event of “UFC 229” at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States. Referee Herb Dean put a stop to the title bout after 3 minutes and 3 seconds in the fourth round when the defending champion submitted his Irish challenger via neck crank.
On the same card, Ferguson defeated Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, 32, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The latter lost via technical knockout due to corner stoppage.
On June 8, 2019, Ferguson won via technical knockout due to doctor stoppage. He defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, 36, at “UFC 238” at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On September 7, 2019, Nurmagomedov successfully defended his belt again. He submitted Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 30, of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA via rear-naked choke in the main event of “UFC 242” at The Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
While Nurmagomedov is still undefeated, Ferguson currently holds a professional MMA record of 25 wins and 3 losses and he is riding a 12-bout winning streak. Meanwhile, here is Schmulenson’s recent interview with White: