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Nurmagomedov turned down UFC 217 fight

Fight has failed to come to fruition for the fourth time

For the fourth time, a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov & Tony Ferguson has fallen through!

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UFC officials tried for a fourth time to have the pair face off in the octagon, and once again the fight has failed to materialise. Sean Shelby the UFCs matchmaker revealed the information on UFCs ‘Watch List’ series.

“A fight was offered to Nurmagomedov on November 4th at UFC 217,” said Shelby. “at that point, we were trying to put cards together toward the end of the year, I was informed that Nurmagomedov could not make that date, and he probably wouldn’t be able to fight until at least December, so that left Tony without a dance partner.”

There is no definitive reason as to specifically why Khabib turned down the fight, Ferguson has suggested that the UFC was told by Khabib’s manager that he is not well enough to fit, whilst Khabib has stated that Ferguson refused to fight him and did not accept the belt. The UFC President Dana White has simply said “he’s not ready”

Luckily for Tony (and us), Kevin Lee has stepped up to the plate and will face Tony instead for the Interim Lightweight Title at UFC 216 – Where this now puts Khabib in the title picture is unclear.

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The winner of this fight will face Conor McGregor at a yet undecided date, and that also depends on Conor’s plans – A third fight between Conor and Nate Diaz has been rumoured as of late, so the winner maybe waiting a little longer to attempt to unify the division.

If the winner does indeed face Conor, and Khabib returns in December then it’s not clear who he will face.

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