UFC President Dana White has some trauma when it comes to booking Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson but he still wants to get it done.
White admitted his apprehension towards booking the long-awaited fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson; however, he told Sports Illustrated it is a fight he intends to pursue. Everything from freak injuries to a global pandemic has postponed the fight, and nothing would surprise White at this point.
“If Khabib does beat [Justin] Gaethje [at UFC 254], you get Tony Ferguson another fight, which we’re working on right now,” White said (h/t MMA Fighting). “And hopefully that fight with Khabib happens because I know people want to see it."
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fight fall apart as many times as those two," he continued. "It almost scares me to make the fight again. What’s going to happen? An asteroid comes to earth? That’s the level of bad this thing is.”
UFC has attempted to book the fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson five times over the last five years. Nurmagomedov and Ferguson are 0-0 when fighting each other, but they are 2-2 when it comes to pulling out with one no-contest via COVID-19.