After Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) inked his side of the deal earlier this week, it took slightly longer for Ferguson’s (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC) part of the deal to be finalized with the UFC. It was ultimately finalized though, and the highly anticipated 155-pound title fight is set.
MMA Junkie verified the news of Ferguson’s signed bout agreement on Friday with a member of his management at Ballengee Group following an initial report from ESPN.com.
The April 18 pay-per-view event, which does not have an event number, is expected to take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The matchup between Nurmagomedov, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA lightweight rankings, and No. 2-ranked Ferguson will mark the fifth time the two have attempted to share the octagon. Each man has pulled out of two scheduled fights, which have been booked in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Should they successfully make it to the octagon this time around, both Nurmagomedov and Ferguson will bring 12-fight winning streaks into the matchup.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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