This Saturday, in the co-main event of UFC 209, undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov will put his undefeated streak on the line when he fights streaking contender Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title.
Ahead of the fight, both men have given rather harsh predictions for how they plan to finish the fight, with ‘The Eagle’ recently stating that he plans to break Ferguson’s arm. That of course didn’t sit too well with Ferguson, who was quick to fire back at Nurmagomedov, saying that a broken arm wouldn’t deter him from winning the interim lightweight belt.
In a recent interview with reporters at UFC 209 open workouts, Ferguson predicted that he would be looking to utilize harsh elbow strikes to slice Nurmagomedov’s face up on Saturday night when they finally fight.
“FUCK NO [THERE WON’T BE A REMATCH]. NOT AFTER I FINISH HIM THE WAY I’M GOING TO FINISH HIM. IT’S DIFFERENT. I’M GOING TO SLICE AND DICE HIM. WITH THE NEW RULES AS FAR AS THE UFC GOES, HE’S GOT SOMETHING ELSE COMING FOR HIM. I’M KEEPING THESE (ELBOWS) SHARP LIKE MEDAL GRATERS. THERE’S SPARKS FLYING, BABY.”
“YOU CAN LOVE SOMEBODY WITHOUT LIKING THEM,” FERGUSON SAID. “I LOVE KHABIB, MAN. HE’S MY BROTHER IN ARMS. WE’RE ALL HERE, WE’RE ALL FOR ONE. I GOT PEACE WITH HIM, BUT INSIDE THERE WE GOT BEEF. WE GOT TO SQUASH THIS (EXPLETIVE). I’M TIRED OF HIM, MAN. HE’S A BULLY, AND I’M GOING TO SHUT HIM UP, BUT I GOT RESPECT FOR HIM, HIS FATHER AND HIS WHOLE CAMP.”
With a co-main event fight like this, fight fans can expect fireworks when the two men step into the Octagon on Saturday night to compete for the interim lightweight belt, and a chance to fight Conor McGregor for the undisputed lightweight title.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/2/2017.