It is official. UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will meet in the principle occasion of a UFC pay-per-view occasion on April 18.
Ferguson and his representatives from Ballengee Group met with UFC executives on Friday in Las Vegas, the place he formally agreed to the 155-pound title struggle. Nurmagomedov signed his contract for the bout earlier this week. The occasion will happen at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn, New York.
UFC president Dana White advised ESPN earlier this week the promotion was focusing on the matchup for its April date in New York. Ferguson wished the struggle however wanted Friday’s assembly earlier than formally locking it in. Each White and Ferguson’s administration confirmed the bout.
That is the fifth time the UFC has booked a gathering between Nurmagomedov (28-0) and Ferguson (25-3), courting again to 2015. Every of the earlier 4 bookings fell aside for varied causes. Nurmagomedov pulled out in 2015 and 2017 attributable to damage and weight points. Ferguson withdrew in 2016 and 2018 attributable to accidents.
Nurmagomedov, of Dagestan, is 12-Zero within the UFC. Ferguson, a former interim titleholder, has received 12 in a row. ESPN.com ranks Nurmagomedov and Ferguson the Nos. 1 and 6 pound-for-pound fighters on the earth, respectively.