Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight No. 1 contender, Tony Ferguson, has captured 11 straight wins with eight nasty finishes (like this one), establishing himself as the next in line for a crack at the 155-pound crown.
Too bad he isn’t going to get it.
That’s according to Ali Abdelaziz, manager for reigning lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, because “The Eagle” wants to fight someone who can sell pay-per-view (PPV) buys, presumable to help pay off this fine.
“At the end of the day, Khabib doesn’t need to fight anybody else for his legacy,” Abdelaziz told MMA Fighting. “He’s done what he’s done. So [we want] the biggest money fight he can make. Boxing, MMA, whatever. I love Tony Ferguson — he’s not that, I can tell you that. One-hundred percent, Tony Ferguson is not the next fight, because Tony Ferguson — I need somebody who can sell pay-per-views.”
The biggest draw in mixed martial arts (MMA) is without question former lightweight kingpin, Conor McGregor. Prior to the “Notorious” reign of terror, Georges St-Pierre was the “king” of the box office, and has already been linked to a Nurmagomedov fight.
Nothing is official at this time and “The Eagle” must first settle his differences with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Nurmagomedov and McGregor are still in hot water for their UFC 229 post-fight brawl.
2019 is going to be very, very interesting.