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Khabib Nurmagomedov wants title fight with Tony Ferguson following UFC 219

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The war of words has continued between UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Even though they have been trash talking each other for months, it’s nice to see that they haven’t run out of creativity yet.

If you recall, the UFC has attempted to book these two fighters against each other a few times.

They were supposed to meet at UFC 209 earlier this year, but Nurmagomedov had a difficult weight cut that resulted in him being placed in the hospital and had the interim title fight removed from the card.

Nurmagomedov is currently set to face Edson Barboza on the pay-per-view main card of UFC 219, which features a UFC women’s featherweight title fight between champ Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.

Ferguson is expected to fight Conor McGregor for the lightweight title sometime next year.
UFC 219 is set to take place on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 7 p.m. ET.

Rounding out the five bout card is Jimmie Rivera vs. TBA in a bantamweight bout, Carla Esparza vs. Cynthia Calvillo in a women’s strawweight bout, and Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny in a welterweight bout.

"Conor made $100 million [to fight Floyd Mayweather in August]? Why would he come back for $10-15 million?" Nurmagomedov said (via ESPN.com). "I think Conor needs big motivation to fight because he has money. He's already a two-division champ.”

"In the lightweight division, the most important fight is me and Tony. I have to fight with Tony. This weight division is a little bit weird right now, but I'm going to change this at the end of the year. In March or April, I'm going to fight Tony for the title."

"This fight is very important because people are talking about how I cannot make weight," Khabib said. "The last time, this was my fault. That's why people are waiting -- to see if I can make weight and stay busy."

"Now, my weight is good. Three weeks out, I will lose 3 or 4 pounds. Two weeks, another 4 pounds. The last week, I'm going to cut, like, 13 pounds. I have never been this light. The last week will be 13 to 15 pounds."

"It's a very big fight, but I came here to take the belt and make history,” Khabib said. “You can't make history only with money. I want to win this fight and stay busy. This is my crazy dream. Others will fight so many times in a year. I can do this, too. I have to stay healthy. This is a perfect moment for me."

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