Next month, two of the best lightweight fighters will finally lock horns inside the Octagon. UFC 249’s main event features UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov defending his title against the #1 contender, Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson. Both men have outstanding MMA records. The Eagle has an undefeated professional record of 28-0, and El Cucuy’s is 25-3.
On March 6, the UFC 249 presser took place and a heated exchange between the two fighters dominated most of time. And during the staredown at the end, Khabib ended up kicking Ferguson’s interim belt.
Here is the video:
In the video, Nurmagomedov is holding his UFC lightweight belt, and the belt that Ferguson has is the interim lightweight belt he won at UFC 216 in October of 2017. He won the belt when he defeated Kevin Lee, but El Cucuy was later stripped of the title due to injury.
The matchup between these two fighters has been years in the making, and it’s regarded by most as a battle between the two very best lightweights in the world. The fight between these two men has been scheduled four other times, but each time one of the two had to pull out. Although Ferguson has three losses on his resume, he has only lost once in the UFC, and he has been unbeaten since 2013.
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Ferguson & Nurmagomedov Are Both on a 12-Fight Win Streak in the UFC
The Eagle and El Cucuy are both riding the longest win streak in UFC lightweight history. Nurmagomedov has never been defeated in his professional MMA career, and he has 12 UFC wins under his belt. Ferguson has suffered defeat three times in his 28 professional bouts, but he is on a 12-fight win streak in the UFC as well.
These two fighters have been on a collision course for years, and many regard their match at UFC 248 as a gauge to see who is the best lightweight in the world.
They Have Defeated Some of the Biggest Names in the Sport
Both men have major wins over popular fighters in the sport. The Eagle has defeated the likes of the former interim lightweight champ Dustin “The Diamond” Porier as well as “Raging” Al Iaquinta. He also has a victory over the biggest star in MMA, Conor “Notorious” McGregor.
Tony Ferguson has taken out notable competitors like former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and fan-favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
A win at UFC 249 is very important for both of these fighters’ legacies. To have a victory over the other may solidify their name into the history books as the greatest lightweight to ever compete inside the Octagon.