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A fight between UFC lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov is reportedly in the works for March 2017 in Las Vegas, according to Anthony Gonzalez, a coach from Ferguson's camp who spoke to Champions exclusively.

The bout would likely be for the interim title as current lightweight champion Conor McGregor is on a break awaiting the birth of his first child.

is scheduled for March 4 in Las Vegas, which would be the likely fight card if things go according to plan.

"Tony and Khabib are the two biggest threats to Conor," Gonzalez said. "And [the UFC] doesn't even know if he's going to defend the belt when he comes back."

Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports
Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports

Ferguson is coming off one the biggest wins of his career after defeating former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night Mexico City — making it his ninth win in a row. He is currently ranked number two in the division.

Nurmagomedov is undefeated in his pro career, including eight UFC wins. He's ranked first in the division and put on a phenomenal show at when he defeated Michael Johnson while also politely explaining to his opponent that he needed to win so he could fight for the title next.

A matchup between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov has been scheduled multiple times before, but due to injuries, were cancelled each time.


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