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Midnight Mania! Khabib describes complicated relationship with ‘impudent lout’ Tony Ferguson in autobiography

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UFC 249 Khabib v Ferguson: Press Conference Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is the greatest Lightweight bout that never was. Booked five times only to fall apart at each and every turn, the fight is widely considered cursed, and it’s certainly never going to happen now with Khabib retired and Ferguson struggling.

However, with Ferguson fighting Beneil Dariush tomorrow night at UFC 262, talks of the potential match up have again emerged — largely prompted by Ferguson’s unending talk of “The Eagle.” As a result, sections from Khabib’s 2019 autobiography KHABIBTIME — which, I think I speak for most us, I didn’t know existed — describing his relationship with “El Cucuy” have spread around Twitter and Reddit.

One exerpt reads, “Sometimes I felt certain gratitude towards the guy. I have already written that my desire to return after three of severe injuries and having almost decided to end my career was ignited because of my overwhelming impulse to meet El Cucuy and punch him on the head so that he would look at life differently.”

Aside from his desire to hand Ferguson a life-altering beating, Nurmagomedov described his rival as an “impudent lout.” Additionally, Nurmagomedov described his confusion at interacting with Ferguson and his incessant trash talk. Even while giving Ferguson props for his fighting skill, Nurmagomedov notes his “particular contempt for Ferguson as a person.”

While it is truly a shame we never got to see these two throw down in their prime, this is some fascinating insight into the mind of “The Eagle.”


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