Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson fight to headline UFC 223

Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson fight to headline UFC 223

"Blessed" has been on an incredible 12 fight winning streak and will have, what many consider to be, his toughest test in March when he takes on the former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar.

Maybe they're going to say it at that. Hardly anyone could be a better example of that explosiveness than Ngannou, who left jaws hanging open when he landed the knockout of the year on Alistair Overeem late last year. The only real news was White making the rematch between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk official as UFC 223's co-main event. During the session, not surprisingly, the SBG leader was asked for his thoughts on how a fight between McGregor and Nurmagomedov would unfold.

McGregor was previously stripped of his featherweight belt for not defending it, and following on from UFC 223, he will become the first UFC fighter to be stripped of two different titles.

"With the position we're in, Conor is saying 'maybe I'll come back in August, maybe I'll come back in September, that's nearly two years".

(Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) president Dana White, center, referees as tensions flare between UFC 209 co-main event stars, Khabib Nurmagomedov, left, and Tony Ferguson, during a staredown at The Monte Carlo hotel-casino's Palm Theater in Las Vegas on January 19, 2017.

"It's just not fair to everyone else", he said.

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"Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything that he's done for this company".

"You do Khabib versus Tony", White said. When a follow-up question pondered whether Conor McGregor was being stripped of the lightweight title, White only replied "we'll see what happens".

Ferguson and Nurmagomedov are now ranked as number one and number two in the lightweight division respectively, so it makes sense for this fight to happen if McGregor is not going to be fighting anytime soon.

Just don't expect any clarity from the UFC themselves - as usual.

Sources confirmed with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that Ferguson will fight Nurmagomedov in a championship bout at UFC 223 in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on April 7. If you didn't watch them you're a casual, go back and watch them and you'll see why I have this belt. He's money no matter who he fights, with or without a belt.

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