Ferguson Vs Nurmagomedov Cancelled Forever

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Ferguson Vs Nurmagomedov Cancelled Forever

After the 5th time that a fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov was cancelled, everyone in the UFC Community believes this’ll be the fight that never happens. Even Dana White is beginning to think this match-up isn’t possible. It’s somewhat the final nail in the coffin for any potential of a fight occurring when the UFC President calls it quits. That wasn’t done without a prolonged effort on Dana White’s behalf. He continuously worked towards these two lightweight opponents fending off against each other, with personal issues or scheduling errors always forcing another delay. After the additional cancellation because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s foolish actions with travelling, it appears Dana White isn’t willing to give the Russian Champion the 6th opportunity.

Dana White was questioned on the potential of a 6th fight, with the UFC President noting his fear towards scheduling this bout for the 6th time. Tony Ferguson has continuously expressed his anger and resentment towards Khabib after the Champion couldn’t leave Russia amidst COVID-19, which could’ve been avoided by Nurmagomedov remaining in the Middle East. The chances that Tony Ferguson would expel this anger in an unwarranted fashion is too extensive, prompting Dana White’s thoughts. Ferguson instead will compete against Justin Gaethje on May 9th at UFC 249, with Tony slated to win by a significant margin. There are minimal chances that Justin Gaethje will walk out of Florida as the Interim Lightweight Champion.

Religion Before Career for Khabib

The UFC Champion wouldn’t have competed against Tony Ferguson this late into the year either way. It’s Ramadan, which means Khabib is fasting for a prolonged period until the end of May. Nurmagomedov has infamously avoided fighting throughout this time, with other opponents claiming that Khabib shouldn’t be permitted to keep his champion belt when refusing to fight. Ferguson rose this point after Nurmagomedov cancelled their bout in late March.

Dana White is now proposing a secondary match-up between Connor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, which the Russian Fighter has refused multiple times. The UFC President will demand that Khabib fights or lose his belt for refusing, which has been a clear strategy for Nurmagomedov in the last year.