Like Velasquez and dos Santos, 'El Cucuy' and 'The Eagle' are considered the crème de la crème of the lightweight division, and both men have a tonne of hype behind them heading into UFC 209, where they will meet in the co-main event for the interim lightweight title.
Ferguson, a winner of The Ultimate Fighter 13, is riding a nine-fight win streak and is ranked as the No. 2 lightweight contender in the world. Nurmagomedov, 28, is undefeated at 24-0 and is one of the most feared Sambo practitioners in the sport.
Nurmagomedov, in particular, has been touted as the future of the 155-pound division for some time, but Ferguson plans to 'derail the hype train' on Saturday night.
Speaking to Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting, the 33-year-old Ferguson looks forward to handing Nurmagomedov his first professional loss and knocking that 'mop' — Khabib's Papakha — off his head.
"I just can't wait to derail this hype train," Ferguson said. "He just has a lot of hype behind him and a lot of people - big head. I just can't wait to knock that mop off his head and use it as a mop."
Nurmagomedov, a proud Dagestani, wrestled bears in his childhood but Ferguson says he's never had to deal with a 'California grizzly'.
"This is a different animal," Ferguson said. "He's wrestled bears before but he's never wrestled this kind of California grizzly."
No matter the result of tomorrow's co-main event, it seems almost inevitable that, like dos Santos and Velasquez, Ferguson and Nurmagomedov will square off again in the near-future.
The UFC 209 interim lightweight championship tilt between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson takes place tomorrow, March 4, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.