Khabib Nurmagomedov offers to pay Tony Ferguson to accept fight

January 2, 2017 9:51 am by Tom Taylor
Khabib Ferguson

With UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor currently taking a hiatus from competition to father his first child, the lightweight limelight is shining on two men: Dagestan’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, and California’s Tony Ferguson.

Under normal circumstances, either man could easily be argued to be deserving of the next shot at the lightweight title. Because the champion is currently out of the picture, however, they’ve shifted their focus to one another. For weeks, it has been rumored that the two streaking lightweights will fight for the division’s interim title sometime in the first quarter of 2017, and they’ve spiced these rumors up with plenty of trash talk on social media.

Regrettably, negotiations for this fight seem to have hit a standstill, as Ferguson is not satisfied with the amount of money he’d be paid for this fight under his current contract.

According to UFC President Dana White, Ferguson is not opposed to the fight in theory, but won’t accept it unless he’s paid the exact same amount as Nurmagomedov.

Evidently eager to make this fight happen, Nurmagomedov has come up with what he believes is a simple solution. He’s offered to pay Ferguson an extra $200,000 to accept the fight – out of his own pocket.

Whether this is a legitimate offer or a bluff remains to be seen. Either way, however, it adds an interesting twist to the ongoing Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson narrative.

When we last saw Nurmagomedov in action, he improved his record to a ridiculous 24-0 with a third round submission defeat of Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in New York City. Ferguson, meanwhile, was last seen in action one week before UFC 205, when he defeated former champion Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event of the UFC’s latest trip to Mexico. With this win, Ferguson extended his current win-streak to 9.

Do you think Tony Ferguson will accept this offer? Sound off, PENN Nation!


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