The bout between 2 highest-ranked fighters in the lightweight division will be scheduled to happen in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 4 as the co-main occasion of their night headlined by the welterweight rematch involving Tyron Woodley along with Stephen Thompson.
Nurmagomedov, who came to California in January to possess his ultimate training camp prior to the battle, is now visiting the Brooklyn to follow his new fellow Dagestani fighter Islam Makhachev for his prelims bout at UFC 208.
On Friday, a native of the southern republic of Dagestan, Nurmagomedov, seen Brighton Beach, Brooklyn – famously a hotbed from Russia and other former Soviet countries – to hold a Q&A session because of the press and his fans.
After case, Khabib spoke to RT Sport’s correspondent, sharing his emotions about his struggle for its interim lightweight belt using Ferguson.
“This really is the biggest struggle in my profession,” Nurmagomedov informed RT Sport.
“Among the greatest struggles in UFC’s lightweight background, I believe. I am fighting for the title and I am very excited about this battle. This is my fantasy to become UFC’s undisputed winner. And I will do so, Inshallah (if God wills), on March 4.”
RT: What is going to be your battle program?
Khabib Nurmagomedov: Tony Ferguson is really a tough opponent. That is true. That is why he fights for the title, you know. And my aim will be to make him sleepy, a tiny little and he talk together. Make him faucet. Finish this battle. Simply take this belt. Make history and proceed home. That is my game program.
RT: Coming to this battle, Ferguson stated he wanted an equivalent handbag to you personally from UFC. You yourself even offered to cover additional just to make the fight happen. Ferguson says he is not pleased with the money although the fight is currently happening. Will you still wish to pay him additional if you win?
KN: No. I asked him – if you need I can pay you. But he said ‘No, no, no. UFC need to pay me.’ That is his decision. But now we’ve got a struggle. Now we can’t consider money or anything else. Because (on) March 4 the crate (will) close, and we must remain ready for this battle. And that is what I am gonna do.
RT: You and Ferguson have stated a lot of items to one another through press and societal websites. Can you still feel that stress between both? Or is this?
KN: Between him and me, I don’t believe we’ve got something. For me it’s just another opponent another struggle. Nothing personal. Because he talks too much, of course I really don’t enjoy him little bit. But for me that is just one more fight.
RT: You’re 24 and 0 in specialist MMA, 8-0 within the UFC Octagon. How do you feel towards UFC, remember that your fight was made by them for the title, not the championship belt?
KN: I feel OK. I never consider my listing. It’s my brand new struggle when I go to the cage all the time. And I really don’t feel too much regarding the interim belt, since people know this is real high level fight in UFC’s lightweight (branch). And who wins this battle becomes the real champ.
RT: You wish to develop into lightweight winner. In the event you win the belt, what’s going to be your next step? Do you believe UFC will provide you a fight with (UFC lightweight winner) Conor McGregor?)
KN: I do not consider this. I’ve a struggle (on) March 4 having a difficult opponent. And I only consider Tony Ferguson. And on the belt too (smiles).
Undefeated UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, who’s currently preparing for his March 4 struggle using long-awaited opponent Tony Ferguson and his supporters, visited Brooklyn, where he also spoke to RT Sport.