Their planned bout at UFC 209 was cancelled after the Russian suffered medical difficulties making weight
Top UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson has criticised Khabib Nurmagomedov and called him "very disrespectful and very unprofessional."
Speaking on the MMAHour, Ferguson said: “It was very disrespectful and very unprofessional what he and his camp did, especially after all that was said leading up to the fight."
Ferguson highlighted his own difficulties making weight saying: "The right side of my body was hurting, my back was hurting, but you guys never know me to say anything. I had two more pounds to lose in the morning. I went, I lost my weight in the morning, it sucked, we went to the weigh-ins, I did my part, I went on the scale. I went back to the hotel room and said I need to lay down, I don’t feel too good. I don’t know, from just eating and re-hydrating too fast or what it was.
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"As soon as I woke up from a nap, literally woke up from a nap, and I’m looking up at my wife and one of my managers and they’re telling me, they said ‘sit down.’ I thought someone from my family died or something crazy.
"They said Khabib went to the hospital, so I’m like alright, he went to the hospital. I’m thinking in my head, ‘Okay, we still have a fight.’ I relaxed, I’m not sure what happened, no one heard from him. Then I heard he went to hospital and the fight was going to be cancelled. So you tell me how you’d feel. I was in shock.
“I would love to fight Khabib, but there’s no guarantee he’s going to show up and make the weight. I found out, too, that he was eating tiramisu, a couple weeks ago on Embedded. I’m like, what is this guy doing? Really? It’s plain disrespectful, it unprofessional."