Khabib Nurmagomedov Wants Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson 'Same Night'

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is on fire, and he's not cooling down. 

After dismantling Edson Barboza at UFC 219 this past Saturday, the 25-0 Nurmagomedov is now 100 percent impossible to ignore in divisional title talks. 

With champion Conor McGregor and interim champion Tony Ferguson ahead of him, however, Nurmagomedov's situation is unclear. Does he go straight to McGregor? Do Ferguson and McGregor need to fight first? 

Do Nurmagomedov and Ferguson fight to determine who gets McGregor? 

Speaking with TMZ Sports, Nurmagomedov discussed his future, bringing a touch of clarity to the chaos. 

"I don't need money. I need only [a] real fight, a fight for the title," Nurmagomedov said. "I don't fight for the money. I fight for my legacy. I'm fighting for history. I fight for my people. That's why I'm here. 

"You know what's interesting now? ... Three rounds? I'm tired about this. I need like 50, 60 rounds. I want to fight all night. I want to fight all night. This is what I want. I need Tony and Conor [on the] same night, I swear. I'm not joking. Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor — same night." 

Nurmagomedov said he's spoken briefly with UFC President Dana White regarding his future, and he made his intentions clear.

"I [told] him, 'Hey, today, when I fight, my son is born," Nurmagomedov said. "I [told] him, 'Hey, you remember one year ago, like all MMA fan [were] waiting for Conor's son. But I'm here for my fans, for my legacy, for my history, for everything. I need real fight. Tony or Conor, it doesn't matter. Please give me both.'" 

According to Nurmagomedov, White was receptive to the idea. 

"He said, 'You deserve everything [that] you want,'" Nurmagomedov recalled.

Listen to the interview below.



Ricco Rodriguez, Felony Bennett, More Live At CamSoda Legends

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

It's a glorious time to be alive, friends. CamSoda Legends streams some MMA ruckus featuring Ricco Rodriguez, "Felony" Charles Bennett, Alex Nicholson, Matt Wagy, and more live and free from Fort Lauderdale, FL, on Thursday, April 26. 

Kevin Lee On Khabib Nurmagomedov: 'I Got That Boy's Number'

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is undefeated and seemingly untouchable—but Kevin Lee remains unfazed. 

Michael Chandler Talks Upcoming Free Agency, UFC Potential

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

By Damon Martin

Michael Chandler has a very important decision to make in the near future.

Mindset Monday: How Kevin Lee Went From Stanky Leg To Smash Mode

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

By Mindset Mike for FloCombat

Everyone will likely remember two things about the Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee fight at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, NJ, on Saturday night: Lee missing weight and the vicious spinning kick from Barboza that went viral. 

UFC Fight Night 128 Results, Recap: Kevin Lee Dominates In Atlantic City

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

By Josh Sanchez

Antonina Shevchenko Defends Title At Lion Fight 42

Instagram @antonina_muaythai

The Shevchenko sisters ain't nothin' to fu*k with. 

UFC 224: Brian Kelleher Eyes Dominick Cruz After John Lineker

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

By Daniel Vreeland

The UFC’s bantamweight division has been tough to get a read on lately. 

UFC Atlantic City Hype: Kevin Lee Sleeps Magomed Mustafaev

Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Don't let Kevin Lee take your back. 

Dustin Poirier: 'I Think I Match Up Well' vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

By Damon Martin

Dustin Poirier has never backed down from a challenge.

That's why, following his UFC on Fox 29 slugfest with Justin Gaethje that ended in a fourth-round knockout this past Saturday, Poirier immediately turned his attention to a title shot against newly crowned lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

From 23 Foster Homes To UFC Gold: Justin Willis Ready For Anything

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Willis knows he's different. It's a fact he's learned to embrace and to cherish.