KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV is most likely to face Tony Ferguson in his next outing.
“After toppling Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Khabib leapt out of the Octagon and dropkicked the Irishman’s Jiu Jitsu coach”
The Russian sparked chaotic scenes in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
After toppling Conor McGregor at UFC 229 with a rear naked choke, Khabib then leapt out of the Octagon and dropkicked the Irishman’s Jiu Jitsu coach Dillon Dannis.
His astonishing act of rage led to a mass brawl at the T-Mobile Arena, with members of his own team also appearing to assault McGregor from behind.
UFC President Dana White refused to present Khabib with his belt amid the frenzy, insisting doing so could have caused even more trouble in the crowd.
White has confirmed to ESPN that McGregor has already called him to request an immediate rematch.
However, the bookies think Khabib – now 27-0 in MMA – will snub another showdown with ‘Mystic Mac’ to take on Ferguson instead.
Betfair have installed the 34-year-old as the 6/4 favourite to face the unbeaten Lightweight champion in his next bout.
Ferguson – who came out on top in a brutal battle with Anthony Pettis on Saturday night’s undercard – has been scheduled to lock horns with Khabib on four seperate occasions in the past, only for each fight to be called off due to injury.
Khabib took to Instagram this afternoon, slamming the UFC for their handling of the McGregor fallout and issuing the company an ultimatum.
He said: “Why didn’t you fire anyone when [McGregor’s] team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?
“Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started.
“In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov [Khabib’s brother] has nothing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video.
“If you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too.”