The second time, they were expected to face each other in 2016 at UFC on Fox 19. The fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson was rescheduled a fifth time at UFC 249, which was originally expected to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 18. While he started his training camp at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., Nurmagomedov decided to return to his home in Russia after he said he was denied entry into Abu Dhabi, where he said the UFC told him the fight with Ferguson was likely going to take place. Weight: Lightweight Records: Khabib, 28-0-0; Ferguson 25-3-0 Following the travel ban in Russia, Khabib admitted that the event could go on without him after being left with no hope of making the fight. With Nurmagomedov out, Ferguson ended up matched up against Edson Barboza instead. Khabib vs Ferguson. The fight with Ferguson was cancelled for a third time and no interim champion was crowned. Wagenheim: If the UFC resumes before Khabib is ready to return, Ferguson vs. Gaethje should be right back in play. With that, Nurmagomedov’s UFC 249 main event against Ferguson was off, and for the fifth time in less than five years, the fight was scrapped. Share this: Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window) Just over 24 hours away from the event, disaster struck again when Nurmagomedov dropped out of the co-main event after suffering through a brutal weight cut that forced him into the hospital. However, due to a minor injury sustained by Moreno, the pairing was delayed and rescheduled to take place at this event. The fabled fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. But then the pandemic known as COVID-19 closed down the United States and much of the world. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson were held apart by Dana White. However, Khabib pulled out of the fight due to an injury. Following the cancellation of their fight at UFC 209, Ferguson was eventually placed into an interim lightweight title bout against Kevin Lee at in October 2017. As it stands, the tallies are 3-2 in favor of Khabib. Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. Unfortunately, Nurmagomedov’s decision will once again cancel a fight with Ferguson after the two top-ranked lightweights have been matched up on five ill-fated occasions. Of all things, he had tripped over a wire at a television studio a few days earlier while promoting the fight and had torn his LCL, which needed surgery. Nurmagomedov dominated Horcher and eventually finished him by TKO in the second round. DESPITE White's best efforts, Khabib and Ferguson's bout has been postponed for the FIFTH time, with Gaethje stepping in before the whole event was scrapped. His fears are not unfounded, as the fight has already been rescheduled on 4 prior occasions. Tony Ferguson explains why he’s not fighting at UFC 254, wants Khabib Nurmagomedov next | ESPN MMA. The fight is signed and is 100% ON LIVE on ESPN somewhere on EARTH!!!! We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. Tony Ferguson insists he ‘squashed a lot of the potatoes’ with Khabib Nurmagomedov after losing to Justin Gaethje a UFC 249, but is as hell-bent as ever on fighting him. The first time, they were expected to face each other in 2015 at the finale of Ultimate Fighter 22. 26th April 2020 26th April 2020 Juan Valdovinos. They were first meant to fight in 2015 but Khabib withdrew with a rib injury, before Ferguson had a lung issue in 2016. However this time Tony was forced to withdraw because of fluid in his lungs. Ferguson was replaced by promotional newcomer Darrell Horcher at a catchweight of 160 lb. UFC 262 in Tweets: Fighters react to Charles Oliveira’s comeback knockout, Beneil Dariush’s win. Live. KHABIB vs Ferguson was originally set for a headline slot in Brooklyn, New York. But with the champ holed up in Russia, an alternative opponent was required - and Justin Gaethje stepped in at the eleventh hour.Â. MikeyJ_MMA takes a look back at the five (!) The winner of the bout would be declared the undisputed lightweight champion with McGregor’s belt being vacated the moment the lightweights clashed on April 7, 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The highly anticipated UFC title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is off. UFC 262 video: Andre Muniz breaks Jacare Souza’s arm with gruesome submission in first roundÂ. ... A year later, while trying to make weight for their third rescheduled bout, Ferguson developed a kidney problem and was again forced to withdraw. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. 32:44. At the time, reigning 155-pound champion Conor McGregor was taking a break to celebrate the birth of his first child and spent the majority of 2017 building towards a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. It's been a wild ride to get to UFC 249, which now features Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje instead of Khabib Nurmagomedov. The fight was ultimately cancelled. Which caused the 31-year-old to post a picture of himself alongside a caption that read: "Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine. UFC boss … However, on 5 April, Ferguson pulled out of the bout due to a lung issue. Nurmagomedov was discharged a short time after but there was no way he would be able to compete. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. With less than two weeks remaining until the card took place, Nurmagomedov was matched up with UFC newcomer Darrell Horcher, who accepted the short notice opportunity in a main card fight with Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans bumped up to the headline spot. But just six days prior to the event, Ferguson was forced out of the fight when he suffered a serious knee injury. Ferguson’s injury sparked the now-infamous McGregor vs. Khabib melee that led to both guys fighting for the title later that year. ... After Nurmagomedov recovered from his rib injury, the fight was rescheduled with the Russian making his first appearance in the octagon for two years. That was before the coronavirus pandemic changed everything, as states all over America started shutting down mass gatherings with sports leagues like the NBA and NHL completely suspending play. 3 talking about this. Full TV and live stream details will be revealed once a new date for UFC 249 is given. The bout was then rescheduled for April, however, this time, Ferguson was forced out by a medical issue. After the New York State Athletic Commission nixed the fight happening in Brooklyn due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the UFC decided to soldier on, searching for a new location behind closed doors without an audience. UFC boss Dana White had tweeted that it will take place "somewhere on Earth". Because McGregor was still sidelined, the UFC decided to have Ferguson face Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. The … Fight night was on Saturday, April 18 with a UK start time of around midnight. Nurmagomedov won the one-sided fight by TKO in the second round.. Again. "Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes.". Lightweight champ Khabib has confirmed he will not leave Russia to fight, hitting out at claims he should travel to the USA. The biggest event of the bout on April 18 was due to be unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov putting his crown on the line against former interim title holder Tony Ferguson. In canceled … Nurmagomedov had recently traveled home to Russia to finish his training camp, but travel restrictions issued by his native country prompted him to pull the plug. Welcome To Watch Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 3:30 PM – 11:30 PM EDT, UFC 249: Khabib vs Ferguson Live TV Coverage. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson appears to be cursed. Let’s take a look back at the history of Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson and what led to each of these fights being cancelled. Date: April 18 Current location: TBC. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. "But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying? Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson then spent their time tackling other fighters on the roster before being paired again at UFC 209 in March 2017. DESPITE White's best efforts, Khabib and Ferguson's bout has been postponed for the FIFTH time, with Gaethje stepping in before the whole event was scrapped. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson IV Their April 7, 2018 bout was canceled for the craziest reason as Ferguson tripped on a cable and tore a … "Governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people. Following failed attempts to put the fight together on two different occasions, the UFC opted to have Nurmagomedov and Ferguson face different opponents instead. After Ferguson picked up a win over Barboza, the UFC decided to rebook him against Nurmagomedov four months later in the main event at a UFC on FOX card scheduled for Tampa, Fla. Welcome To Watch Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 3:30 PM – 11:30 PM EDT, UFC 249: Khabib vs Ferguson Live TV Coverage. pic.twitter.com/aH44zg5K30. KHABIB VS FERGUSON. Is it just bad luck? The bout with Ferguson was rescheduled for 16 April 2016 at UFC on Fox 19. After starting out his UFC career with a perfect 6-0 record, including a win over future lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, Nurmagomedov was matched up with Ferguson in a featured bout on The Ultimate Fighter Season 22 Finale card in Dec. 2015. Nurmagomedov moved onto defeat Michael Johnson in a lopsided affair at UFC 205 while Ferguson picked up two more wins over Lando Vannata and former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. 0:00. Charles Oliveira Authentic Walkout Jersey, Michael Chandler Authentic Walkout Jersey, Sean "Sugar" O'Malley Multi Graphic T-Shirt, UFC 262 video: Andre Muniz breaks Jacare Souza’s arm with gruesome submission in first round. John Kavanagh’s interest in the match, though strange, is not unwarranted. ... Khabib vs. Ferguson has been built up for almost five years, and even with Ferguson … Khabib took part in an Instagram Live video on Monday where he explained his situation. Charles Oliveira survives early onslaught, finishes Michael Chandler by knockout to win lightweight title in UFC 262 main event. But on Wednesday, Nurmagomedov issued a statement explaining why he was uncomfortable moving forward with the fight, not the least of which was breaking quarantine to travel halfway around the world for the event. “Doc said it wasn’t wise to fight due to any more trauma could be terminal.”. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Conor McGregor takes shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov in declaring himself 'the greatest' Abdelaziz said Gaethje “jumped all over” the chance to fight Ferguson at the scratched UFC 249 event on April 18, and remained on board for the subsequent rescheduled date of May 9. Tony Ferguson will now fight Justin Gaethje instead of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ferguson is unbeaten since 2012 and stopped Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in his last bout, Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje (interim lightweight championship), Jessica Andrade vs Rose Namajunas (women's straw-weight) - Namajunas pulled out after losing two family members to Covid-19, Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro (heavyweight), Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price (welterweight), Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar (featherweight), Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (heavyweight), Uriah Hall vs Jacare Souza (middleweight), Alex Hernandez vs. Omar Antonio Morales (lightweight), Michael Johnson vs Khama Worthy (lightweight), Sijara Eubanks vs Sarah Moras (women's bantamweight), Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey (light heavyweight). “Usually I can power through these things,” Ferguson wrote when explaining his withdrawal from the card. Dana White, earlier this year, promised Conor the winner of Khabib vs Tony Ferguson. Coronavirus threatens to cancel Khabib vs Ferguson for a fifth time Credit: Getty. The fight was then rescheduled four four months later, at UFC on Fox 19. Ferguson took home a rare double bonus for “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night,” going to war with Barboza before wrapping up a second round D’arce choke submission to extend his winning streak to seven in a row. Nurmagomedov putting his crown on the line against former interim title holder Tony Ferguson. In a wild turn of events, Ferguson was able to return to action on the same night when he defeated Anthony Pettis in the “Fight of the Night” at UFC 229. Get Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler full fight video highlights for the UFC 262 main event Saturday. So, it sucks for him to have to go through this again. It also put Ferguson in the shade for a little while. At the time, Nurmagomedov even questioned his ability to compete again after injuries had plagued so much of his UFC career. UFC rescheduled UFC 249 event for May 9th and had to replace Khabib Nurmagomedov with Justin Gaethje. "The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably. Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson has been one fight that fans believe is cursed. A flyweight bout between former UFC Flyweight Championship challenger Ray Borg and Brandon Moreno was expected to take place seven weeks earlier at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros. 2 Horror moment Mohoric's bike snaps in two as he crashes HEAD FIRST into road, Charles Oliveira KOs Michael Chandler as Tony Ferguson losses AGAIN, Khan spends £2,000 waterproofing Porsche - despite living out in Dubai desert, Watch Jacare suffer a horrific broken arm in submission loss to Muniz at UFC 262, © 2020 THE SUN, US, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | TERMS OF USE | PRIVACY | YOUR AD CHOICES | SITEMAP. UFC 249 has finally been cancelled - but could form part of a blockbuster card on May 9. Nurmagomedov eventually faced Al Iaquinta on 24 hours’ notice and won the fight by unanimous decision to become UFC lightweight champion. Already regarded as one of the best lightweights on the planet, Khabib … After starting out his UFC career with a perfect 6-0 … With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the UFC’s lightweight champion announced that he would not be breaking quarantine just for the sake of his upcoming fight on April 18. Nurmagomedov was then expected to face featherweight champion Max Holloway on short notice. Three months before the fight was scheduled to take place, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the fight due to a rib injury he suffered in training. UFC president Dana White stands between Tony Ferguson (right) and Khabib Nurmagomedov during a news conference for UFC 209 on March 2, 2017. Unfortunately, Holloway was deemed ineligible to compete after the New York State Athletic Commission would not allow him to continue cutting weight as he sought to get down to 155 pounds on extremely short notice. The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale — Dec. 11, 2015. Fighters had a lot to say about the action at Toyota Center on Saturday night in Houston, Texas. Khabib vs Ferguson fight was originally scheduled to headline UFC 249 on April 18th but their bout was canceled due to the global pandemic. failed attempts at this epic matchup ⤵️. 509,642 views. Lightweight champ Khabib has confirmed he will not leave Russia to fight, hitting out at claims he should travel to the USA. "And Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight? Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson has now been officially cancelled, postponed or rescheduled five times by the UFC despite Dana White's best efforts. A year later, while trying to make weight for their third rescheduled … Daniel Cormier, Khabib’s friend and training partner, believes that Khabib vs Tony is the biggest fight in UFC history.While in an interview with Rich Eisen, he referred to Khabib and Tony as the most skilled athletes in the 155 lbs division. But that location changed with the Big Apple on lockdown. The pair have now been scheduled to fight on FIVE separate occasions, but every one of those bouts has been cancelled before the fighters could settle things in the Octagon - and the curse has now struck again. 875 likes. 0:00 / 8:43. UFC – Charles Oliveira: Khabib vs Tony Ferguson Will Never Happen . The UFC rescheduled the fight for the next year, but this time, Ferguson pulled out due to an injury. KHABIB vs Ferguson was originally set for a headline slot in Brooklyn, New York. View this post on Instagram. The fight was expected to serve as a title eliminator, with the winner potentially moving onto compete for the lightweight championship. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson may still come to fruition despite being derailed several times. 8:43. At the beginning of March, UFC 249 was set for Saturday, April 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., with the highly anticipated fight between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at the top of the marquee. by ESPN MMA. Eleven days before the event was scheduled to take place, Ferguson was forced to pull out of the fight due to blood and fluid in his lungs. Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov: History of the most “cursed” match-ups. With McGregor sidelined, the UFC opted to matchup Nurmagomedov and Ferguson again with an interim lightweight title on the line. "I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all. It is now postponed, with a new date not yet announced. Photo: AP However, the 36-year-old was originally booked to face Khabib Nurmagomedov. But that location changed with the Big Apple on lockdown. By 2017, both men had beaten many other contenders, ... Why Tony Ferguson can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov . Khabib vs. Ferguson has been canceled not once, not twice, but four times so far. Charles Oliveira was nearly finished in the first round and then he came storming back with a huge knockout to start the second round to finish Michael Chandler and become the new UFC lightweight champion. Conor is most likely going to fight the winner of this fight. It all began with The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in 2015, where Khabib was forced out due to a rib injury six weeks out from the fight. The biggest event of the bout on April 18 was due to be unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov putting his crown on the line against former interim title holder Tony Ferguson. The organisation cancelled its next three shows due to the COVID-19 crisis, including UFC London scheduled for this weekend. Tony Ferguson takes on Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title in the main event of UFC 249. 😃@TonyFergusonXT vs @Justin_Gaethje is LIVE on @espn+ PPV April 18th for the interim lightweight belt! The Russian then government then issued a travel ban that closed the country’s borders in order to slow down the spread of the deadly virus, though it didn’t preclude commercial or private air travel. Ferguson captured the belt with a third round triangle choke submission. Andre Muniz finished Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza with a gruesome submission in the first round that saw the legendary Brazilian’s arm break, which led to the end of the fight at UFC 262. 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