Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson set for interim title fight at UFC 209
<p>Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson <a href="http://www.ufc.com/news/Nurmagomedov-Ferguson-to-fight-at-UFC-209">is official</a>.</p>
<p>The pair will meet in the co-main event of <a href="http://roughcopy.com/events/ufc-209">UFC 209</a> for the interim lightweight title, making the winner next in line for current champion Conor McGregor.</p>
<p>Nurmagomedov and Ferguson are ranked #1 and #2, respectively, in the lightweight division and are both riding impressive win streaks. The UFC has been trying to book the long-awaited matchup since 2015 but injuries have kept it from happening. More recently, the hold-up was Ferguson’s demand for new terms on his contract, which the UFC eventually granted.</p>
<p>Nurmagomedov (24-0) is coming off of a third-round submission victory over Michael Johnson, where he was <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/mma/khabib-nurmagomedov-tells-michael-johnson-9276499">caught on camera</a> in between rounds demanding UFC president Dana White to give him a title shot. The win extended his UFC record to a perfect 8-0 with four finishes, including a dominant win over former champion Rafael dos Anjos.</p>
<p>Ferguson (22-3) extended his winning streak to nine straight with a <em>Fight of the Night </em>decision win over dos Anjos. Prior to that, he scored back-to-back d’arce choke victories over Lando Vannata and Edson Barboza, both of which earned him <em>Performance of the Night </em>bonuses.</p>
<p><a href="http://roughcopy.com/events/ufc-209">UFC 209</a> takes place on March 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by the rematch between welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Stephen Thompson, who fought to a majority draw at UFC 205 in November.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.