Recently, Tony Ferguson pitched the idea of coaching The Ultimate Fighter against his longtime rival Khabib Nurmagomedov. UFC president Dana White recently responded to the idea.
Tony Ferguson pitched the idea in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani. The UFC lightweight wants to find an opportunity to compete against Khabib Nurmagomedov even if it’s not in a fight.
“I believe that when his dad [Khabib’s] said we were supposed to compete, I believe that. I would love to be able to coach against him in The Ultimate Fighter, how about that? You know, best man wins on the team. I guarantee my coaching is a lot better than yours, Khabib. Not a lot of people understand that.”
“I built a team for a 12-fight win streak, and I can definitely build a team again.”
“I have nothing personal against him, besides him running away for the pandemic and being a scared dude, but I gotta respect that family [comes] first.”
UFC president Dana White was asked about it and he didn’t hesitate for one second. He’s been looking to find a way to get Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement and Tony Ferguson may be the right man for the job.
“I’ll consider it,” White told Barstool Sports on Tuesday. “… I will absolutely entertain that idea.”
He added with a laugh, “Hopefully, they’ll get pissed off enough at each other that they’ll actually want to fight.”
The Ultimate Fighter is currently streaming on ESPN+ with UFC champions Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena coaching against each other. The fans always prefer for the coaches to have some sort of beef with each other.