The lightweight division reportedly has lightweight fight at the top of the division, though it is absent the return of Conor McGregor, it does possess a incredibly intriguing matchup. For the fourth time, the UFC has booked Tony Ferguson (23-3) vs Khabib (25-0) Nurmagomedov, now slated for April 7th, in Brooklyn, New York, at UFC 223. This was reportedly revealed by Dana White during his guest appearance this morning on Boston radio show Toucher and Rich.
The undefeated Nurmagomedov is coming off a one-sided affair with Edson Barboza at UFC 219 which saw a complete sweep of the scorecards by the Dagestani. Ferguson most recently emerged from an interim title bout with Kevin Lee, where he submitted the talented Lee in the third round via triangle choke.
This has been a phantom of a fight to make, as previous mentioned it has been scrapped three times prior already. The first attempt was to take place at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December of 2015, Nurmagomedov suffering an injury forcing him to withdraw. The second attempt was for UFC on FOX 19, where Ferguson backed out due to respiratory issues, then once more at UFC 209 where Nurmagomedov pulled out yet again, this time, just a day before the event, citing health issues which landed him in the hospital prior to the official weigh-in.
To say we should all be crossing our fingers, we would be simply stating what is prudent, but let us truly hope this time both fighters make it through camp as unscathed as possible to deliver each of their best respective performances. No word on whether this is headlining the card, as of yet, or whether the full belt is on the line, or it is being defended in interim fashion.
At this point, there is also no word what the UFC’s plans are with current lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Updates will be delivered upon discovery. Stay tuned.