Tony Ferguson reveals bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov scheduled for UFC 209
<p>It looks like the long-awaited bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson has finally been booked.</p>
<p>Ferguson <a href="https://twitter.com/TonyFergusonXT/status/818886672364408833">revealed in a tweet</a> on Tuesday that he was tested by USADA for an upcoming bout against Nurmagomedov at UFC 209. Nurmagomedov also <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamKhabib/status/817818350554402817">announced on social media</a> that he was scheduled for a bout against an unnamed opponent at <a href="http://roughcopy.com/events/ufc-209">UFC 209</a>.</p>
<p>The only obstacle to making the matchup happen prior to this was that Ferguson demanded the same pay as Nurmagomedov, a request that the UFC had refused. However, <a href="http://mmajunkie.com/2017/01/bout-agreements-yet-to-be-signed-but-tony-ferguson-says-hes-in-for-khabib-nurmagomedov-at-ufc-209">MMAJunkie has confirmed</a> with a member of Ferguson’s camp that a contract with new terms has been verbally agreed upon and will be signed as soon as it is ready.</p>
<p>Nurmagomedov (24-0) is coming off of a dominant, third-round submission victory over Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in November, making him 8-0 in the UFC with four finishes. Ferguson (22-3), meanwhile, currently rides a nine-fight win streak which includes wins over former champion Rafael Dos Anjos, Edson Barboza, and Josh Thomson.</p>
<p>The winner of this fight will very likely get the next shot at lightweight champion Conor McGregor.</p>
<p>UFC 209 takes place on March 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A welterweight title fight between champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Stephen Thompson is official for the card.</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.