While top ranked lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson have continued to trade verbal blows via social media, there have been no updates regarding the negotiations for the pair to fight.
Earlier this week, Nurmagomedov took to social media to reveal that he had already accepted his next fight, but was simply waiting on his opponent, who remained nameless, to sign the agreement. That was followed up by a social media post from Ferguson, who took to Twitter with a message of his own for Nurmagomedov, in which he stated that he agreed to the fight, however the UFC and Nurmagomedov needed to agree on terms for the fight.
Now, Nurmagomedov spoke on a TV interview, which was transcribed by Sportbox.RU to reveal that an interim lightweight title fight between he & Tony Ferguson for UFC 209 on March 4th is all but finalized.
“Percent 90 already negotiated all. Fight on March 4 at UFC 209 with Tony Ferguson in Las Vegas for the interim title. Waiting for a call, answer it. On Twitter, he talks one thing and everything in life differently”
The possibility of the pair fighting for the interim title is certainly an interesting one given that while Conor McGregor will be sidelined for 10 months with the upcoming birth of his firstborn child, he just recently won the belt in November at UFC 205.
One thing is for sure, if the pair do fight for the interim belt, Conor McGregor will likely have something to say about it.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.