- Dec 30, 2015
Following the news of a possible UFC fight between number two-ranked lightweight Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, which would sideline number one-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov from a hoped-for bout with Ferguson, the Russian’s father and coach spoke out on the issue.
The long-awaited fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson is up in the air again, with UFC head Dana White announcing that the latter will fight Lee for the interim lightweight championship belt at UFC 216.
Talking to RT Sport last month, Nurmagomedov revealed that he was aiming to fight Ferguson in November, at UFC 217 in Madison Square Garden, New York City.
“(November 4) is the date I asked UFC for,” he said back then.
“First they offered me a fight on October 7, but I couldn’t accept it. I want to prepare well and I don’t want to put my body at risk. I don’t want to make the same mistake and push my body,” he added, referring to his hospitalization after suffering weight cut issues ahead of the scheduled fight with Ferguson in March.
During their social media exchange, Ferguson later hinted that he is interested in the date.
“MSG Sounds Nice To Me. Get Ready For An Ass Whoopin' @TeamKhabib,” he tweeted.
The first reaction to White’s words from the Russian camp came from Nurmagomedov’s father and lifelong coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
“This morning we learned that Kevin Lee will fight for the interim belt with Tony Ferguson,” he wrote on his social media page in Russian.
“Second number (fights) with number seven, and this is (coming) from Dana White! Why not the number one with the third or the fourth one, fifth or the sixth?
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