Retrieved 11 May 2020, 23:59 IST
UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believes the fight game is a matter of honor and that the undefeated Russian gesture towards Tony Ferguson after a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Justin Gaithos at UFC 249 is a great example of respect for contemporaries at the MMA.
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have shared a heated rivalry, and the pair have fought five fights in the past, with the result never ending. The most recent time was when the pair was set to headline UFC 249 on April 18 but the event was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
Nurmagomedov has expanded the olive branch
UFC 249 was later scheduled for May 9, but Nurmagomedov had to be evacuated after being stranded in Russia due to an ongoing travel ban. Justin Geithji later replaced the Russian and became the interim champion, finishing off Ferguson in the fifth and final round, and set himself a date with Nurmagomedov in the near future.
The loss was a heartbreaker for “El Kakui” who suffered his first defeat after twelve consecutive wins inside Octogon. Nurmagomedov wanted to send a message of support to Ferguson on Twitter, who had previously asked him to retire after being removed from Russia’s UFC 249.
“What happened was in the past. Tony Title, I hope everything is fine with you and your family. Your son will be proud of you when he grows up. “
In a post-war interview, Ferguson congratulated Geithji on his victory and later revealed that he was facing a fragile orbit that could keep him out of action for some time. While Ferguson still remains at the top, the fight against Khabb is something he will have to forget now or perhaps forever.