While the match-up has essentially been a “done deal” since the end of November, the UFC gave its first official confirmation of the date, location and card number – UFC 249 – as it posted the announcement across its social media accounts.
Some may not want to call it official right away until the cage door closes, but it’s at least now all official on paper.
A UFC lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson has been signed for April 18, per a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Ferguson and representatives from his management, Ballengee Group, flew to Las Vegas on Nov. 28 for final negotiations and to, ultimately, sign the contract. Nurmagomedov signed his fight contract earlier this week.
The fight is scheduled to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as the main event of a pay-per-view card.
It is the fifth time the UFC has attempted to book Khabib Ferguson live stream . The UFC tried to book this fight for the main event of UFC 223 in Brooklyn two years ago, with then-champion Conor McGregor’s title on the line. A week before the fight, however, Ferguson, then-interim champion, was injured during a freak media obligation accident.
A planned fight for The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December 2015 was scrapped after an injury to Nurmagomedov, and a fight booked for a UFC on Fox card in April 2016 was canceled after an injury to Ferguson. The two were then booked for UFC 209 in March 2017 with the interim lightweight title on the line, but the bout was canceled at the weigh-ins after Nurmagomedov fell ill following a botched weight cut.
Should this fight hold up, it will be Nurmagomedov’s first since defeating Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 and Ferguson’s first since defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 238. Both men will enter on 12-fight win streaks.