USA Today Sports / Reuters
The head of the ultimate fighting championship (UFC) Dana white called the condition under which the Irishman Conor McGregor will get a title shot against Russian Habib Nurmagomedov. His words conveys Bloody Elbow.
“If Tony Ferguson will refuse to fight, the next will be Connor,” said white.
McGregor himself has already expressed readiness to fight against 30-year-old Nurmagomedov. The fighters met at UFC 229 in October 2018. Then the Irish lost in the fourth round.
September 7, Nurmagomedov defeated Dustin Pore in the battle for the unification of the titles at UFC 242. The Russians kept the belt of the champion of UFC in the lightweight division. Nurmagomedov won 28th career victory.
Likely contender of Russians have repeatedly called American Tony Ferguson. The American fighter had to fight against Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 in April 2018. However, because of an injury he withdrew from the tournament and was replaced by compatriot al Iaquinto. Ferguson later refused to fight for the interim belt, which eventually won Poria, defeating max Holloway.
McGregor is a former champion of UFC in two weight categories. He has also reached this result in the British promotion Cage Warriors.