What can be said about Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson’s upcoming fight that already hasn’t? This will be the fourth time these two have tried to meet inside the Octagon, so we’ve broke down this fight over and over again. The same can be said for the fighters. If the style match-up wasn’t already compelling, they’ve been preparing each other for years. His coach recently spoke up about Ferguson’s secluded training and used to think he’d submit Nurmagomedov, now he believes it will be a knockout.
“[Conor] McGregor made about $60 million his last fight. He doesn’t favor fighting anyone for $5, $6, or $7 million. He never favored fighting Tony [Ferguson] because he’s too dangerous and now [that] Tony’s name finally blew up, he’s rich and lazy while Tony’s super hungry, so no way he was ever fighting Tony. Tony’s jab and his feet will keep McGregor at bay. When we choose to, we will close the gap with strong counters from different angles. Tony hits like a truck. It won’t last long. McGregor has no chance at all in that fight.”
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— Rashad Holloway (@RashadHolloway) October 10, 2017
“You all haven’t seen [Ferguson] really strike yet. His ability and what we work on is amazing and I’m not being biased. He has this thing where he doesn’t want to show all his cards and I fuss about it but he gets the job done. You will see more of his ability this fight [vs Khabib] for sure. […] Tony’s been working the past few months on his body overall before the start of camp so he’s coming to camp in shape. The thing with Tony is he can win anyway. The last camp [for UFC 216] I felt a submission, but this one [vs Khabib Nurmagomedov], I see a knockout.” — Rashad Holloway, Tony Ferguson’s boxing coach, speaking to IB Times UK.
The other secret character in this scenario is Conor McGregor. A win over Khabib Nurmagomedov wouldn’t only cement Tony Ferguson as the best lightweight in the world, but would give him a golden ticket to potentially fight McGregor. Ferguson’s coach believes his price is too high, but that McGregor wouldn’t stand a chance — on the feet, or the ground — against El Cucuy if the scrap ever went down.
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