Simply days away from UFC 249, Ferguson is getting ready to face Justin Gaethje to crown an interim light-weight champion after Nurmagomedov dropped off the cardboard as a result of present journey restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic prevented him from touring from Russia to america.
Contemplating accidents, weight reducing errors and now a pandemic have doomed the battle with Nurmagomedov from occurring, it’s comprehensible why Ferguson has no want to revisit that topic once more.
“I’m not going to reply that f*cking query,” Ferguson instructed MMA Preventing in the course of the UFC 249 convention name when requested about rebooking the Nurmagomedov battle for the sixth time. “We’re worrying about UFC 249. The battle’s with Justin Gaethje.”
Nurmagomedov’s title arising solely additional enraged Ferguson, who has suffered by way of quite a few battle cancellations in his try handy the undefeated Russian the primary lack of his profession.
Whereas it’s anticipated that the winner of the UFC 249 major occasion will go onto unify the light-weight title towards Nurmagomedov later this yr, Ferguson scoffed at his showdown with Gaethje figuring out something lower than the most effective fighter on this planet at 155 kilos.
“F*ck Khabib. I’m going to be actual,” Ferguson mentioned. “I wish to say f*ck Khabib. I’m defending my belt for the third time. That is for the actual belt. This isn’t for an interim title. That is for the actual championship sh*t. It’s champ sh*t solely, buddy.
“That dude’s a b*tch. I’m going to be actual. Him and McNuggets (Conor McGregor). They each must f*cking retire. The one two actual males on the market are going to be me and Justin Gaethje. American motherf*ckers.”
No matter his emotions about Nurmagomedov, there’s little doubt that Ferguson has so much to realize from taking that battle.
On the flipside, Ferguson is risking his 12-fight win streak and that eventual showdown with the reigning light-weight champion by taking over a really harmful opponent like Gaethje at UFC 249.
Since becoming a member of the promotion, Gaethje has earned seven post-fight bonuses in solely six fights whereas racking up knockouts in each single victory he’s earned contained in the octagon. He’s additionally a a lot completely different matchup stylistically however Ferguson didn’t blink when Gaethje’s title was supplied to him as a substitute.
“It wasn’t brief discover. I’ve been coaching for f*cking six to seven months,” Ferguson defined. “As quickly as we came upon we have been going to battle Khabib, I used to be already coaching in December. Clearly, conditioning’s there, energy’s there, my physique’s fully modified.
“I didn’t have a energy and conditioning coach moreover myself and I truly had my trainers put me by way of the ringer for each single observe. I imply 12 hour days, I imply severely, man, it wasn’t straightforward. However I made it occur. I’m very fortunate to have the ability to have a f*cking crew, among the best groups that’s on the market in the entire whole world, and I’m prepared for f*cking something.”
Whether or not it was Nurmagomedov, Gaethje or someone else, Ferguson was prepared for warfare and nothing was going to cease him from competing on Might 9.
“I went on The Final Fighter and I gained that b*tch at 170 kilos and it was a event,” Ferguson mentioned. “So it doesn’t matter who you set in entrance of me.
“I’m going to go on the market and provides my finest. Win or lose, I’m going to stroll away a f*cking winner.”