Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson fifth booking official
Khabib Nurmagomedov defends his UFC lightweight title against the former interim champion in the division, Tony Ferguson. The contest headlines the pay-per-view fight card, taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 19 (AEST).
The bout has become official, when Ferguson signed his contract on Friday in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto reported (via Twitter), citing the athlete’s management Ballengee Group. The current champion, Nurmagomedov, signed his contract earlier this week.
Breaking: WE GOT A FIGHT. Per Tony Ferguson’s (@TonyFergusonXT) management Ballengee Group, Tony has signed his contract to face Khabib Nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) on April 18 in Brooklyn. More coming to @espn shortly. pic.twitter.com/cgwCucPl3v
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 30, 2019
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been previously booked four times, from 2015 to 2018. Each time the bout was cancelled due to weight cut issues and injuries to both competitors.
Undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) is a current UFC lightweight champion. In his previous outing in September he successfully defended his title for the second time, scoring the win by submission in the third round against Dustin Poirier.
Last October “The Eagle” retained his title via fourth-round submission against former champion Conor McGregor. The 31-year-old Russian athlete from Dagestan earned a vacant belt by unanimous decision against Al Iaquinta in April 2018.
Riding the 12-fight win streak, Tony Ferguson (25-3) is a former interim lightweight champion. This past June he took the win by TKO in the second round (doctor’s stoppage) against Donald Cerrone. In October 2018 “El Cucuy” defeated former champion in the division Anthony Pettis via second-round TKO (corner stoppage). Both bouts received the “Fight of the Night” bonus.
The 35-year-old American mixed martial artist took the interim belt by submission in the third round against Kevin Lee in October 2017. He was latter stripped of the title due to injury.
Among other fights announced this week, Conor McGregor returns to action, going up against Donald Cerrone. The pair squares off at welterweight, battling it out in the headliner of UFC 246, heldat T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on January 19 (AEST).
In addition, Jon Jones defends his UFC light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes on February 9 (AEST). The bout tops the pay-per-view fight card held at Toyota Center in Houston, TX.