After a battle between light-weight champ Nurmagomedov (28-Zero MMA, 12-Zero UFC) and Ferguson (25-Four MMA, 15-2 UFC) fell aside for the fifth time on the unique April 18 date, there was doubt the world would ever see the pair step within the octagon collectively.
These hopes took a fair larger hit on Saturday courtesy of Justin Gaethje. “The Spotlight” changed Nurmagomedov and met Ferguson for the interim 155-pound belt on the postponed model of UFC 249. Ferguson was stopped by fifth-round TKO, snapping his 12-fight profitable streak and giving the torch to Gaethje as the following man to battle the unbeaten champion.
Nurmagomedov seems to be absolutely conscious the matchup is off the desk in the meanwhile, however he provided some constructive ideas for Ferguson on social media.
“No matter occurred is prior to now,” Nurmagomedov wrote on Twitter. “Heads up Tony, I hope all the pieces is nice with you and your loved ones. When your son develop up, he’ll be proud with you.”
Ferguson’s subsequent transfer is unknown. He provided congratulations to Gaethje after the match, the place he suffered an orbital fracture that would maintain him on the sidelines for a bit.
“El Cucuy” continues to be very a lot a high participant at 155 kilos, however he’ll have to look at Nurmagomedov and Gaethje scrap it out from the sidelines.