It seems like Ferguson believes that the UFC lightweight champion will never fight him in the Octagon, but Ferguson thinks there may be other ways to fight Nurmagomedov.
“Khabib’s never going to fight me,” Ferguson told MMA Junkie. “He’s never going to fight me. Three times in a row he didn’t want to fight me. They have a fight this weekend, and they’re both managed by the same (expletive) people. … Some things you just can’t force. I’m going to be real. Things are just meant to happen. I’m destined to kick Khabib’s ass one way or another. I’ll make his ass do his push-ups either way. He’ll see me before the year is done. I don’t know how. I’ll make sure I Zoom his ass and say, ‘Hey, you son of a (expletive), I’m going to kick your ass.’ I’ll think of something.”
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been booked to fight in the UFC a multitude of times, but the bout never came together for one reason or another. Ferguson wouldn’t mind if the UFC puts a tournament together featuring him, Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje.
“I have Khabib I could talk (expletive) too, and I have Conor,” Ferguson said. “These are two fights that interest me because they’re in my weight class, they’re very good talent-wise, and I think I could beat them both. Pretty much. It would be dope to fight in a tournament with me, Conor, you got Khabib, you got Gaethje. One of those old-school UFC 1 kind of things. That’s what I’m saying.”