Following what has been a heated (and seemingly endless) back and forth, featuring no shortage of trash-talk, bribery, and an outright ultimatum, it looks like #TonyFerguson and #KhabibNurmagomedov have finally come to an agreement on when to do battle.
Yes, despite Dana White's insistence that we wouldn't be seeing a matchup between the two top lightweights anytime soon, it looks like "El Cucuy" and "The Eagle" will be locking horns at #UFC209 after all. The news comes straight from Ferguson himself, who took to Twitter just moments ago to confirm what Nurmagomedov's father/coach leaked to a Russian media outlet late last weekend.
"USADA showed up & I responded. See you March 4 @TeamKhabib & we will settle this once & for all inside a (sic) the Octagon at #UFC209," wrote Ferguson.
Following his dominant win over Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in November, the Dagestani grappler took to the mic to call out then-featherweight champion Conor McGregor -- who was challenging Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title later that night -- for a future fight. But with McGregor announcing that he would be taking a 10-month hiatus from the sport to raise his baby on the way, Nurmagomedov then set his sights on Ferguson, who had come off a dominant win of his own over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos just one week prior.
A bitter war of words soon followed, culminating in Nurmagomedov's offer to pay Ferguson an additional $200,000 on top of his purse for the fight -- an offer which Ferguson quickly turned down. Did the UFC cave in to his demands for a bigger payday, or did Ferguson cave into Khabib's trash-talk?
In any case, Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov will now join Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson II on one of the most stacked cards of the year.