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Russia: ‘This fight will happen’ – Nurmagomedov about his clash with Tony Ferguson

Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
October 05, 2019 at 22:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian mixed martial artist, reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said that his fight with American martial artist Tony Ferguson will take place in March or April next year, speaking at the press conference after Synergy Global Forum in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

“He is a challenging opponent. We need to take this seriously; we need to train more and work hard. Still, this fight will happen because our four fights didn’t happen and both of us were injured,” said Nurmagomedov.

The Russian sportsman also claimed that he wanted to fight “in a large arena” and called the Gazprom Arena the best place for that.

Answering the question about the possible rematch with boxer Conor McGregor, Nurmagomedov said that “it is a thing of the past” and he has “nothing to prove.” He added though that the fight could bring money and that he would fight to support his agricultural projects.

"I was not ready to shake his [McGregor’s] hand at that time," said Nurmagomedov, adding that he was ready to accept his apology.

"If a person apologises and admits his mistakes, we have to excuse him," said the Russian fighter.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson prepared for a fight in December, 2015. However, the clash has been postponed four times because of various health problems of the fighters.

Conor McGregor and Nurmagomedov fought in October 2018. The fight ended with Habib's victory and a mass brawl in the hall, which led to fines and disqualification of both fighters.

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Russian mixed martial artist, reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said that his fight with American martial artist Tony Ferguson will take place in March or April next year, speaking at the press conference after Synergy Global Forum in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

“He is a challenging opponent. We need to take this seriously; we need to train more and work hard. Still, this fight will happen because our four fights didn’t happen and both of us were injured,” said Nurmagomedov.

The Russian sportsman also claimed that he wanted to fight “in a large arena” and called the Gazprom Arena the best place for that.

Answering the question about the possible rematch with boxer Conor McGregor, Nurmagomedov said that “it is a thing of the past” and he has “nothing to prove.” He added though that the fight could bring money and that he would fight to support his agricultural projects.

"I was not ready to shake his [McGregor’s] hand at that time," said Nurmagomedov, adding that he was ready to accept his apology.

"If a person apologises and admits his mistakes, we have to excuse him," said the Russian fighter.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson prepared for a fight in December, 2015. However, the clash has been postponed four times because of various health problems of the fighters.

Conor McGregor and Nurmagomedov fought in October 2018. The fight ended with Habib's victory and a mass brawl in the hall, which led to fines and disqualification of both fighters.

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