UFC 209 is incoming and while a rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson is the headliner, a bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is generating all the heat.
UFC 209 is built around the welterweight title fight at the top of it. Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson ended up with a draw when they faced off at UFC 205 back in November. It’s the kind of result that practically demands a rematch, that demands clarity as to just who is the best in the world at 170 lbs. But, it’s not what’s driving the hype for next weekend’s card.
UFC 209 may be headlined by Woodley vs. Thompson II, but the focus has shifted squarely on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson. The lightweight top contenders will square off in the co-main event for the interim title, but by the time they get to the cage, they’ll already have had several rounds of verbal sparring under their belts.
The latest round took place on the UFC 209 media conference call. Ferguson took jabs at Khabib for his conditioning, while Nurmagomedov reaffirmed his desire to break off various parts of Ferguson’s anatomy (transcript via MMAJunkie).
“I want to break your face – I want to break your heart,” Nurmagomedov said.
“Your hat is covering your ears – you’re not listening to me,” Ferguson responded. “(Expletive) you, Khabib. You didn’t do nothing. I’m the matador. You’ve got 1.9 million people that are going to be sad as (expletive) when I finish your ass.”
Check out the full video above as it mostly consists of Ferguson and Khabib trading barbs at each other. Hopefully that animosity translates into a great fight on Saturday, March 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada.