The lightweight contenders were scheduled to fight at UFC 209 in March, until Nurmagomedov ran into issues cutting weight, and the bout was punted at the last minute. It marked the third time a bout between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson had to be cancelled.
As Nurmagomedov’s been recovering, Ferguson has been campaigning hard for a bout with Nate Diaz. Ferguson was hoping to fight for the first time this year, and take on one of the UFC’s biggest draws in the process. But, Diaz, hasn’t signed on.
“Now I am being treated in a medical facility, going through rehabilitation,” Nurmagomedov said. “The exact date of the return is uncertain, but it will be in the fall. I will devote the summer to training, and will hold a fight in the fall.”
“It will be a repeat of the battle, in which I could not attend before,” Khabib added, while referring to Ferguson. “No other contender interests me. If you started business, you need to finish it.”
Now, one would think that because June is about to end, and because Diaz hasn’t agreed to fight Ferguson, Nurmagomedov could get his wish. The UFC might want to wait, however, until Conor McGregor’s boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather on August 26th is over, before they map out a plan for the 155 title.
If McGregor emerges out of that fight relatively unscathed, it’s been reported the lightweight champ might be interested in fighting in December. The question is, however, will he want to fight Ferguson or Nurmagomedov?