Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight in April

Tony Ferguson Khabib Nurmagomedov

"The Notorious" reportedly turned a fight against UFC lightweight interim-title holder Tony Ferguson down on December 30th, 2017 at UFC 219.

The Irishman - nicknamed "The Notorious" - has not fought in the UFC arena since his November 2016 win over Eddie Alvarez, preferring instead to focus on his $US55 million boxing fight with former world champion Floyd Mayweather last August. UFC president Dana White won't say ... yet.

"That fight is going to happen", White said talking to Boston's "Toucher and Rich" radio show, when asked about the possible bout between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson in Brooklyn.

Ferguson and Nurmagomedov should be fighting for the outright title, but it seems White doesn't have the stones to pull the string.

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Ferguson, the interim lightweight champion, will fight his old rival in what will be the fourth time the UFC have tried to square the two off in the octagon. That can't happen. It's not fair to anybody else. When Conor was getting ready for this Mayweather fight, I was already making plans for Conor to never come back. Towards the end of 2017, McGregor was involved in a number of questionable incidents, which culminated in the Crumlin-native allegedly assaulting a close associate of a Dublin-based crime syndicate.

The Irishman hasn't stepped into the octagon since his 155lb title victory 14 months ago following the birth of his son and his venture into boxing to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr past year.

"Tony Ferguson has been around for a long time and has earned his dues, Khabib has earned his dues, and the list goes on and on". However, Nurmagomedov suffered complications from his weight cut and was rushed to hospital.

Nurmagomedov defeated Edson Barboza at UFC 219, his 25th MMA victory and ninth since joining the UFC, he has yet to suffer a defeat in a career that began in 2008.

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