Five days ago, UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson requested Khabib Nurmagomedov (pictured), but was given a rematch with Michael Johnson due to timing issues. Now it appears Ferguson will have his original wish granted.
On Tuesday, MMAFighting.com reported Ferguson will welcome Nurmagomedov back to the cage at UFC on FOX 19 on April 16 after Johnson pulled out of their March 5 fight for undisclosed reasons.
Ferguson is one of the hottest and most dangerous fighters in the division. Most believed “El Cucuy” was closing in quickly on a title tilt after submitting Edson Barboza in December, but for some reason the UFC decided to see if “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner can avenge his 2012 decision defeat to Johnson first.
Nurmagomedov owns a perfect 22-0 professional record, but has been losing his battle with the injury bug of late. The Russian has posted just one unanimous decision victory over now-UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos since April 2014.
No word on where UFC on FOX 18 will take place. No other bouts have been reported for the lineup at this time.