The last time we saw Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0) inside the octagon he was manhandling current UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. That was way back in April 2014, but it seems as though MMA fans won’t have to wait much longer for his return.
Nurmagomedov made it official on Twitter that he is signed once more to fight fellow top contender Tony Ferguson (20-3). The two men were supposed to face off this past December at the TUF 22 Finale. Unfortunately Nurmagomedov had to pull out of that bout with yet another injury. Ferguson of course went on to fight Edson Barboza and won by submission in the second round.
Overall Ferguson has won seven straight and has only suffered one defeat in his past fifteen fights. The only loss came at the hands of Michael Johnson in 2012. The two were ready for a rematch later this year before Johnson became injured. It’s probably the best scenario for Tony Ferguson, because the fight with Nurmagomedov will most certainly be a 5 round title eliminator. The winner will face off against the winner of UFC 196’s main event between Conor McGregor and Rafael Dos Anjos.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is looking to hold on to his perfect professional MMA record and finally get the title shot that has eluded him for some time. Getting past Ferguson will be no easy task and the Russian will need to shake off the cage rust early if he wants a shot at gold. When he is healthy he is one of the best fighters in the world, his stellar grappling makes him a tough fight for anyone at 155lbs.
Hopefully the UFC will make this official in the next few days but as long as they do this just became one of the biggest fights of 2016 so far! For continued coverage on UFC on FOX 19 and other MMA events keep checking back with Profightingfans.com
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