“El Cucuy” has spoken, telling Khabib Nurmagomedov to get in line — and make weight.
In a Twitter post on Saturday, UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson responded to a recent Nurmagomedov social media post that questioned why fighters talk about the Russian when he is sidelined but not when he is injury-free and available to fight. This followed Nurmagomedov’s teammate, Daniel Cormier, and Nurmagomedov both claiming that the UFC offered Nurmagomedov an interim title shot against Ferguson at UFC 219 but that the titleholder did not accept it.
UFC 219 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.
Ferguson wrote that Nurmagomedov shouldn’t be talking as much as he is, considering his track record of bout cancellations and injuries. He did not directly address Cormier and Nurmagomedov’s claims that he turned down the Nurmagomedov bout at UFC 219.
.Listen Ya Fragile Fatass, The Last Time We Tried To Fight That Hat Of Yours Collected Cobwebs. How 'Bout Ya Take A Number... Make Weight, Show Up & Shut Up. Who's Irrelevant Now? -Thee MF'n Champ #SnapDownCityBitch SnapJitsu™#TeamTiramisu4L #Towel7 #JustSayNo https://t.co/WDrHDewtZT— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) November 26, 2017
“Listen Ya Fragile Fatass,” Ferguson wrote, “The Last Time We Tried To Fight That Hat Of Yours Collected Cobwebs. How 'Bout Ya Take A Number... Make Weight, Show Up & Shut Up.
“Who's Irrelevant Now?”
Nurmagomedov is currently booked to face top 155-pound contender Edson Barboza on the pay-per-view main card, which features a UFC women’s featherweight title fight between champ Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. Had Ferguson agreed to fight Nurmagomedov at the event, Brazil’s Barboza would have been left without an opponent.
Ferguson, who won the interim belt with a second-round submission win over Kevin Lee in the UFC 216 main event in October, should be next for lightweight champ Conor McGregor; realistically, taking the Nurmagomedov bout on short notice would not have been a wise decision. That said, it is not clear as of yet when “The Notorious” plans to return to the Octagon.
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been scheduled to fight three times, dating back to December 2015. Most recently, the pair were booked to compete for the interim lightweight championship at UFC 209 this past March, but Nurmagomedov pulled out one day prior to the event due to weight-cutting issues. Nurmagomedov has not been scheduled to fight since; he recovered from shoulder surgery over the summer.