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Khabib Nurmagomedov wants fight with Tony Ferguson – even if he has to pay Ferguson himself

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With the undetermined absence of lightweight champion Conor McGregor, the UFC could be setting up a bout between the division’s #1 and #2 ranked contenders. Khabib Nurmagomedov has shown interest in a fight with Tony Ferguson ever since Conor announced his leave and wants to secure his shot at Conor and the title immediately upon his return. The way he would like to go about that is to take out any competition that stands in his way.

Nurmagomedov (24-0) has been very outspoken since his last win in the octagon, particularly on social media. The Russian phenom is looking for a shot at the belt anyway possible, and began to call out Tony Ferguson for an interim belt in the absence of McGregor. He called out the American on Twitter, telling him “Stop playing games. You told Dana White you want the fight, your manager is not answering the phone let’s keep I’m done no more talking“. Nurmagomedov is coming off of a very impressive win over Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in New York City, winning by third round submission, adding to his unbeaten streak in the UFC and his career.

Tony Ferguson (23-3) is on riding a winning streak of his own, having won his last nine fights. He is coming off of a win over the former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in November, in a fight that won Fight of The Night honors and put Ferguson in the #2 spot in the UFC rankings. Following the call out by Nurmagomedov, Ferguson responded that he would not take the fight unless the UFC could match the money that Nurmagomedov would receive.

Today, taking to his Twitter account, Nurmagomedov responded, saying he would put up the money to make the fight happen.

The UFC has not said whether or not this fight would be for an Interim belt, or when if ever this fight would be happening, but the duo are already doing a great job of pre-fight promotion thus far.

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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