Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are currently the two top contenders at 155 lbs. Either of them could fight for the belt. However, the champion, Conor McGregor, will take some paternity leave and will be out for the first half of 2017.

The logical fight would be to match them up against each other. Both of them also want that fight, so there should be no problem – in theory. However, in real life, money became the issue. Ferguson openly voiced his concernsΒ with his pay and demanded more.

The UFC weren’t willing to budge as Ferguson still has fights on his existing contract, so Khabib offered to pay part of Ferguson’s purse out of his own pocket. Unsurprisingly, Ferguson was having none of that – he wanted the money from the UFC, not his opponent.

During all of this, the interim title fight with Nurmagomedov was apparently also offered to Jose Aldo. There was also some talk of Nate Diaz. It is hard to know what could be a real offer or just a power play to get Ferguson to comply.

Recently, Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz said on his Twitter that they are moving on from Tony Ferguson and seeking another fight.

Tony’s latest tweet is also very interesting:

Could it be that he signed to fight Khabib after all? Or will he fight someone else? It does seem like he is hinting at a fight announcement, but I don’t see him fighting anyone other than Khabib.

As the last part, the previously mentioned Khabib’s manager posted this:

In the comments below, he also mentioned Mother Russia and when asked whether it is Khabib vs Ferguson, replied with the chicken emoji(if you don’t know, Khabib often reffered to Conor McGregor as the chicken).

Is it possible? McGregor vs Nurmagomedov in Russia? That would certainly be a great fight for the first show in the country.

What do you think? More of promotional “number one boolshit” or is it for real this time?

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