UFC president, Dana White has claimed that he is extremely receptive to the idea of a potential Ultimate Fighter season between former lightweight champions, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Tony Ferguson – following five failed matchups between the two during their respective professional careers.
Khabib, a former undisputed lightweight champion, was scheduled to fight former interim champion, Ferguson on five separate occasions during their resecpective runs with the UFC – with injuries, weight-cut botches, and the COVID-19 pandemic preventing one of the most anticipated showings in the sport’s history.
Most recently, the duo were scheduled to headline UFC 249 in April of 2020, however, the pairing was eventually shelved to fans disbelief for a fifth separate occasion due to travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amid his recent skid of four consecutive losses since he was booked to fight Khabib, Ferguson, who once held a lightweight winning record of 12 straight victories in tandem with the retired Dagestani – floated the idea of a potential coaching battle between them on The Ultimate Fighter.
Dana White entertains the idea of TUF: Khabib vs. Ferguson
Sharing an interest in an outing on The Ultimate Fighter, Khabib urged Ferguson to have his representatives reach out in order to potentially trash out a deal. And fuel has now been added to the proverbial fire with the aforenoted, White noting his interest in the potential coaches matchup between the duo.
“So you’re telling me, you guys as fans, media, whatever it might be, like the idea of two guys possibly coaching that wouldn’t fight each other?” Dana White said on The Spinnin Backfist MMA Show.” I’ll consider it. Congratulations. … I will absolutely entertain that idea.”
As well as entertaining the notion of a potential season featuring Khabib and Ferguson, White joked how if tension between the duo reached a boiling point – he would attempt to setup a fight between them inside the Octagon, despite prior matching woes.
“Hopefully they’ll (Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson) get pissed off enough at each other that they actually want to fight and I can make them fight,” Dana White said. “I’m in. You sold me.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)