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UFC returns with Tony Ferguson eyeing ‘real’ lightweight title

Tony Ferguson is aiming for a 13th consecutive win at UFC 249

The principal match of Saturday’s UFC 249 card in Florida is billed as being for the meantime light-weight title however Tony Ferguson says he need to be regarded the actual champion if he beats opponent Justin Gaethje.

Former collegiate wrestler Ferguson, who comes into the bout on a 12-fight win streak, was once supposed to combat champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn on April 18 however that used to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The unbeaten Nurmagomedov, who has back to Russia, had earlier been booked to combat Ferguson on every other 4 activities however every bout used to be cancelled due to the fact of fitness or health issues.

Ferguson stated the Dagestan native and Irish fighter Conor McGregor “both want to retire”.

Justin Gaethje reacts prior to the lightweight fight against Dustin Poirier
Image:Justin Gaethje stands in Tony Ferguson’s way at UFC 249

“The solely two actual guys out there are going to be me and Justin Gaethje,” he informed journalists in advance of Saturday’s bout at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.Ferguson stated UFC 249, which is taking region with stringent trying out processes and no followers in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may want to attain a sports-starved target audience that can also no longer in any other case tune in to a blended martial arts event.

“Right now, there are no Olympics, there is no Wimbledon, there is no NBA Draft, there is no NFL Draft, there is no tennis, there is no soccer, hockey, there is no baseball,” he added.
“This is what we deliver to the table. We are going to do our exceptional and we are going to maintain sports activities alive.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov
Image:Khabib Nurmagomedov is the UFC’s lightweight champion

Nurmagomedov is reportedly set to face the winner of Saturday’s fight, whilst additionally lurking in the wings is former two-weight title-holder McGregor, who made a return to prevailing approaches with a swift TKO of Donald Cerrone in January.

Ferguson’s run of 12 straight wins is a UFC light-weight record, and having already held the period in-between belt after beating Kevin Lee in 2017 earlier than being stripped due to an injury, the Californian now feels his time has come.

“This is no longer for an intervening time title,” he said. “This is for the actual championship.”

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