Ali Abdelaziz, manager to current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, recently stated that fighting Tony Ferguson next wasn’t in the cards since “El Cucuy” simply wasn’t a big-money attraction.
That’s what happens when your last bout was against money-making machine, Conor McGregor.
But according to “The Eagle’s” response to a fan on social media regarding the claim, the champ seems to have taken issue with the stance, saying at the end of the day, he is the fighter and Ali the manager.
Take a look a dissect for yourself.
Of course, a fight between Khabib and Ferguson has been booked on several occasions, only to have it fall through each and every single time. I mean it’s always something. That prompted UFC president Dana White to says he’d never try to book that matchup again.
But after Khabib took care of “Notorious” and Ferguson did the same to Anthony Pettis, it seems trying for lucky number five is the only way to go. There is always Dustin Poirier, but if both Ferguson and Khabib are healthy, and both men are eager to settle their differences once and for all, it’s at least worth a shot.
However, Nurmagomedov still has to wait and see if Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) will sideline him for an extended period of time for his part in the ugly brawl that ensued following his win over “Notorious” at UFC 229 a few months back.
Though something tells me Ferguson won’t mind waiting.