On April 7, Nurmagomedov is set to challenge Tony Ferguson for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title. The bout will headline UFC 223 inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. UFC president Dana White says it’s an undisputed title bout, but McGregor hasn’t been stripped of his gold.
Speaking to RT Sport, Nurmagomedov said that if he defeats Ferguson then McGregor will have to wait for his opportunity (via MMAJunkie.com):
“(McGregor) can fight Diaz, and he can fight in boxing. But, God willing, when I beat Tony Ferguson, I’m going to make him humble, and he has to sit in line.”
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“The Eagle” says his issue with McGregor lies in holding up the 155-pound division in favor of his fight with Floyd Mayweather and extended vacation.
“Everyone who wants to fight for the title at 155, (he says) no way. When I become UFC lightweight champ, I’m going to say, ‘Who is the real contender? Who has a five-, six-, seven-fight win streak?’ They have to fight for the title – not (McGregor).”
Fight fans, we want to hear from you. Do you think there’s any chance McGregor won’t get the first crack at the winner of Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson? Let us know in the comments below.