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Khabib: Why you no show up in 2016? You eat tiramisu too?
Ferguson: Me? No, I had blood in my lungs, kid.
Khabib: Tiramisu much better than blood.
This was a real exchange between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov today on the conference call, and if the fight is half as crazy as the call, we are in for an insanely entertaining time.
The call started out relatively normal, but quickly escalated and never slowed down. Ferguson was apparently jogging during the beginning of the call, because of course he was. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:
“It’s going to be a big fight,” Nurmagomedov began the call. “We were supposed to fight in 2015, we were supposed to fight in 2016, ‘17. Now it’s ’18 and I hope we’re going to fight, finally we’re going to fight, because this is the most important fight in the lightweight division right now. Fight for real belt, very big show in Brooklyn. I’m very excited about this.”
“That’s where you’re wrong, man. I got the belt,” Ferguson interjected. “I’ve got the belt already, that’s where you’re wrong, dog. I got the belt. This is my belt.”
“Hey, calm down,” Nurmagomedov shot back. “Can I finish?”
“No, you’re talking about some bullsh*t, kid. You had your chance to fight for that belt and you missed it,” Ferguson said. “You missed weight.”
“I’m going to talk, finish, and after you can talk,” responded Nurmagomedov.
“No, you know what, you started it and you never finished it,” Ferguson replied. “You guys punked out like p*ssies and now I’m right here. You’re gonna face the boogeyman. I’m giving you one chance to quit, to walk away and f*cking retire. That’s all you got.”
“To be honest, I didn’t understand your English,” Nurmagomedov said. “You talk like stupid guy.”
The best lines were still to come. Ferguson kept bringing up Nurmagomedov’s conditioning and weight cut failure, while Nurmagomedov countered by asking Ferguson why he didn’t show up in 2016.
“Let’s talk about numbers,” Nurmagomedov said at one point. “All my life, nobody make me tap. Nobody. In amateur, training, doesn’t matter — never. Never I’m tired, never make me tap. Never. What are you talking about? About my conditioning? Please calm down.”
“Your conditioning sucks and, dude, you have half a pound to lose,” Ferguson cut in. “You’ve never made championship weight. You have a half a pound more to lose. You know what, I hope to God your sh*t’s under condition, man, because if you mess this up, you’re gonna have the whole world hating on you, doggy.”
“Are you finished?” Nurmagomedov asked.
“Nope, I’m never finished. Wait ‘til you taste my jab. I’m gonna make you taste nickels and dimes, son,” Ferguson said.
This went on for twenty minutes. Seriously. Ferguson may not have the most compelling trash talk but he really doesn’t stop, and he does have variety.
“You’re f*cking terrible,” Ferguson said at one point. “Wait ‘til you test my conditioning, dog. I’m gonna take you in deep waters. I’m gonna leave you out there with no f*cking snorkel.”
“What happened with your conditioning when you fight Danny Castillo?” Nurmagomedov asked.
“I was worried about jiu-jitsu,” Ferguson replied. “I was probably like, what, a blue belt? Get out of here. I’d like to test that. It’s called mat time. What about you, huh? You blew your wad the last fight. You went three rounds your last fight. You couldn’t even finish Edson Barboza. I finished him in the second round. Bullsh*tting me.”
“I no need finishes,” Nurmagomedov said. “Why I need finishes? Why? I’m fine when I go cage, like, relax, take my time, talk with Dana about future, how we gonna smash your face. It’s okay, we already have plan with Dana. That’s why he talk about Khabib time all the time and you’re jealous. You’re jealous.”
They brought in Dana, favoritism, and Reebok, who sponsor Nurmagomedov but not Ferguson- and silver spoons.
“Fake belt? That sh*t looks real to me. It’s shiny,” Ferguson said. “You’ve got the fake belt because everybody hands ‘em to you. All those belts that you’ve got, and people floating your boat and this Reebok sponsorships, that’s the sh*t I don’t give a f*ck about. And that’s one thing that you’ve got me wrong.”
“Now you talk about Reebok, hey? Because these guys don’t give you contract and now you jealous too? I can ask Reebok to give you contract if you want,” Nurmagomedov said, chuckling. “Tony, Reebok, they make very good shoe now. We can order you one. What size you have? What size you have, please? Need to know. Like nine, 10? I can order for you. ... They can make you shoes, put like ‘Interim Lightweight Champ, Tony Ferguson.’ You want this?”
“I’m in a good place right now,” Ferguson said. “And you’re putting me in a better place every time you open your mouth.”
Just another line from the press conference.
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