The ongoing saga of the “fight that never was” between No. 1 and 2 lightweights Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov just took another dismal turn.
In the most recent chapter of the “will they or won’t they” saga of Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, Twitter is the scene of the latest shots fired. Nurmagomedov, who hasn’t fought since November 12, 2016, and only three times since September 21, 2013, was sniping at Ferguson (has fought nine times since 9/21/2013) on Twitter earlier this morning following a tweet “El Cucuy” made about tiramisu, USADA and a therapeutic use exemption. Khabib responded by calling for Tony to “just take the fight,”
I’m waiting for you in New York
just take this fight, everybody waiting your decision
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) August 9, 2017
Ferguson returned with the following barb, where he apparently spills some behind-the-scenes beans that a possible November fight at the legendary Madison Square Garden Arena has already been turned down by Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, due to “not being well enough to fight,”
Your MGR @aliabdelaziz00 Informed @ufc U Are Not Well Enough To Fight Me At MSG, Turned Down The Fight On Your Behalf. Don’t Fool Your Fans https://t.co/Z6yKrgJTTf
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) August 9, 2017
The two arch-rivals have been battling on social media for nearly three years and with as many failed attempts to fight one another in that time-frame. Their long-standing feud has been one that hardcore fans have been eagerly anticipating, yet the MMA gods continue to deny us, as we are obviously not worthy of such violent gifts. If the information in Tony’s tweet turns out to be correct, one has to wonder if they will try to meet up at the year-end show or if they’ll leave fans turning the calendar page on yet another year without the best possible fight at lightweight having happened.