Khabib Nurmagomedov is no dummy. He knows that, though a match-up with lightweight champ Conor McGregor would provide him with ungodly amounts of money, that bout has very little likelihood of happening due to Nurmagomedov’s high-pressure wrestling style. McGregor would unceremoniously get mushed. So of course Nurmagomedov is instead pushing for a fight against interim champ Tony Ferguson.
Ferguson would never say ‘no’ to that fight.
As per Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour“:
“Because, my opinion, I think Tony Ferguson is the real champion. That’s why. I don’t think, if I fight versus Tony Ferguson, this is an interim belt. Officially, yes. But people want to see me versus Tony Ferguson. I think this is a much better fight, for everything. If I beat Tony Ferguson and take the interim championship belt — Conor’s the official champion, but he’s not the people’s champion.”
“My opinion, I have to fight with Tony,” Nurmagomedov said. “All of my fans, everybody wants this fight.