With time winding down before top ranked lightweights Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nuramgomedov step into the Octagon to fight for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209, the trash talk between the two men has continued to pick up steam.
Most recently, Nurmagomedov threatened to break Ferguson’s arm when they fight, saying:
“If you watch when I fight [Rafael] Dos Anjos, Michael Johnson, Darrel Horcher, these guys are my opponents, but he’s a little bit different than other guys,” Nurmagomedov said. “I want to break his face because I want to teach him respect. When I fought with Michael Johnson, when I took his arm for the kimura, I can break it but I go very slowly, be careful because I don’t want to give him injury. Because I understand fight was finished. I need only to go a little bit slowly and he tapped.”
“If Tony Ferguson gives me this arm, I’m going to break his arm like Frank Mir-[Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira.”
Now, Ferguson has fired back in an interview of his own via Fight Hub, saying:
“This dude says he wants to break my arm,” he said with an angry look on his face. “I’m gonna tell you like I told other people. I like to hold my kid, I have a newborn. I broke my arm once, but I knocked that dude down with the same arm. I’ll pimp smack that dude if he tries to break my arm. Go for it, dude. You try it, bro. You try to break it you’re gonna have problems, I’m going to come at you with everything else, because I got elbows, I got knees, kicks … I’m gonna hit you with everything I got.””Khabib, you better focus on this fight and not McGregor, buddy. Because you’re looking too far and you’re making the same mistake that Rafael Dos Anjos made.”
“That dude’s got no problems for me, so long as my conditioning and my feet are underneath me. I’m geared up from the feet up as far as conditioning wise, and this guy won’t make me quit. I’m going to bring it all to him.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/15/2017.