If you keep up with UFC you are probably aware that the Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov has been a long time coming. These two have been slated to face one another on 4 separate occasions and there has always been something that put a stop to it: Missing weight, rogue illness, a mysterious last-minute injury or something along those lines.
After a long wait, the contract has been signed, but it's not for another 4 months, so I guess we'll have to see if it even ends up happening because a lot of what has already happened to stop the fight, could happen again.
There are rumors that this fight is "cursed" since strange things have happened before each of the scheduled fights including Ferguson tripped over a camera cable injuring his knee during his own promotional event for the fight.
It wasn't publicity bullcrap either. Multiple witnesses and a doctor's report showed that he literally tore a ligament in his knew because he "turned around funny and tripped over a cable." Every done something crazy like not see a stair in front of you and totally bust your butt in the process? Well apparently this happens to elite athletes as well.
The bout has been officially scheduled a record-setting 5th time to take place at UFC 249 on April 18th, 2020.
Ferguson was apparently upset that the match wasn't going to be scheduled for an earlier date suggesting that Khabib was delaying "losing the belt to him."
I think that I speak for most MMA fans when I say that this is likely one of the most anticipated fights, perhaps ever. Both Ferguson and Khabib (my apologies for not using his surname but no one else does either - too complicated) are at the top of their game and both look unbeatable. They both are on a 12 win streak, and they both have ears that look like cauliflower.
If I was a betting guy (and I likely will bet on this match) my money would be on Khabib, only because I believe he is slightly better on the ground than Ferguson is.
Of course the curse may come back to bite us in the ass again anyway, lightning has already struck 4 times and unless Dana White plans on wrapping both of them in bubble-wrap for the next 4 months, there are plenty of extension cords to trip over between now and then.
Interesting! I just saw something about McGregor vs. Cerrone as well!
Maybe the curse is because of their leprachaun looking ears 😭😂.
I haven't followed UFC for a while. Where are the events available now? Do they have a streaming service?
Their match was a lot of fun. I watched their match with joy.
This fight was canceled so many times. I hope it will not be canceled again. But, I think Khabib will win this time again. Even from the last picture here, he looks stronger. ☺
It seems like for such a big fight they would want to hold off for UFC 250 since it is a momentous number. I am guessing if they have already had to cancel so many times they just want to get it over with. It is hard to believe that they are already at #249. I can just remember when they had #10 etc. The sport has definitely come a long way. I wish I could remember the one Pay Per View event that I actually paid for. It was quite some time ago and I can't even recall who the big ticket names were.
This will be a good one to watch if it goes ahead. UFC has gotten a lot quieter since mcgregor retired so it's time for a couple of big events. With him coming out of retirement it should get a buzz going again.
Ferguson is a warrior but don't see him winning the fight. Khabib is just relentless on the attack.
I'd take a 50 Steem sidebet on Ferguson if you are down :D I'm a big fan of Khabib but I have this feeling in my gut that this will be the fight where his streak is over :D
AT LAST, THE GODS ON MT. OLYMPUS HAVE ANSWERED OUT PRAYERS!
RE: Your point about Khabib being better on ground While there is a case to be made here -- Khabib has never faced someone with the ground skills of Tony Ferguson. We are talking black-belt under Eddie Bravo's 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu (a no-gi school that is designed more for MMA than Gracie), on top of a collegiate wrestling background. Also, Ferguson isn't just another grappling-1st / everything-else-2nd. He is deadly on feet, and has 10x the tank Conor does.
My point being -- Tony can hold his own on the ground; he won't gas-out; and he has far superior striking skills than Khabib.
Am I saying wager all your Steem against Khabib? No -- while I am Team Tony at the moment, Khabib's record and legacy speaks for itself right now -- the guy is a true beast.
Bottom line -- this will be the hardest fight Khabib has had to endure in the UFC. If he does eventually get Tony to tap [unlikely; I think this will be a bloody match that goes to decision], it will take far longer than all his other opponents.