Last-ditch effort? Tony Ferguson takes shot at ‘fathead’ Khabib Nurmagomedov in reflective rant

Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov will forever be known as the one that got away. Or will it?

It seems Ferguson (25-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC) might be attempting to breathe life into the five-time failed booking one last time through a pair of ranting tweets he posted Tuesday.

Ferguson, 36, is coming off losses to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira, whereas Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) is still riding his unprecedented career-long winning streak. And that’s not even factoring in the minor detail that Nurmagomedov insists he’s retired.

In vintage “El Cucuy” fashion, Ferguson took shots at “fathead” Nurmagomedov for a weight mishap ahead of UFC 209 in March 2017. He also alluded to Nurmagomedov’s manager, presumably Ali Abdelaziz, not following protocol, which he says led to the cancellation.

Additionally, Ferguson posted a video of his faceoff with Nurmagomedov from March 2020. The two fighters squared off in Las Vegas for a UFC 249 pre-fight press conference, which would be the final time to date the two have gone face-to-face. The fight was canceled when Nurmagomedov was impacted by travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So yeah, the odds are that this fight will never happen. But it makes you wonder: Could the fight that got away – even if it doesn’t make much sense rankings-wise – be the one that entices “The Eagle” to return for one more soar? I, for one, wouldn’t say no.

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