Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to return to the UFC next month for a blockbuster bout against Tony Ferguson.
‘The Eagle’ won on his Octagon comeback last September after nearly a year out following his controversial win over Conor McGregor.
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He headlined UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi and successfully defended his lightweight title by submitting Dustin Poirier in the third round.
The 30-year-old is now gearing up for his next fight which is just around the corner.
The event is set to go ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak but is expected to be changed slightly.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov will headline UFC 249 and is taking on Tony Ferguson.
The pair have been scheduled to face off several times over the years but a fight has never come to fruition.
They are set to finally meet on April 18 at a UFC main event.
It was originally planned to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York but that is likely to be moved due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Las Vegas has also been mooted but the virus would likely stop that happening too.
But UFC president Dana White insists the fight will go ahead.
He said: “We had possibly a couple of different venues for that fight, including Nevada [Las Vegas], so now the whole Nevada thing went down, so we’re looking for another venue.
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“I hope I should have two venue options for that fight. That fight will happen, it will go on, the fans are all freaking out about that, do not worry, Khabib vs Tony will happen.”
There have been rumours that Nurmagomedov’s next fight could be his last.
The 31-year-old Russian said: “I don’t want to think about the future, I still have to live to April, I still have to fight, I need to win. So, I don’t like to look too far ahead.
“Now we have an opponent, Tony Ferguson, a very serious opponent. And I think it’s necessary to have this fight then we’ll sit down and think about what’s next.
“We’ll consider whether there’s any point in fighting any more. There will always be a reason to fight, money.
“But will we need it? We’ll think about it. I feel good now. I’m 31 and it’s a very good age to fight, and for sport. I’m far from retirement age, but it’s around the corner.”
UFC 249 – Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson: Fight card
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson – UFC Lightweight Championship Title
- Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
- Karl Roberson vs. Makhmud Muradov
- Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
- Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Khama Worthy vs. Ottman Azaitar
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
- Ben Rothwell vs. Gian Villante
- Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras