TONY FERGUSON has branded UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov as a 'fathead' and a 'chicken' after the lightweight champion criticised him.
The unbeaten Russian stated that the 36-year-old is 'finished' following his defeat against Justin Gaethje, while also calling the American 'stupid'.
Ferguson was set to face Khabib in April for the lightweight title, but the bout had to be scrapped as the Eagle was stranded in Dagestan due to the Covid-19 crisis.
El Cucuy subsequently fought and lost against Gaethje, where he failed in his attempt to win the interim championship.
And speaking of Ferguson, Khabib has ripped into his decision to cut weight twice, first for their cancelled meeting, before making weight to face Gaethje three weeks later.
He said: "Stupid. Stupid, stupid. Remember, I told you I like Tony Ferguson but he’s a stupid guy."
Khabib – who defends his belt against Gaethje later this month – then claimed that Ferguson is not a threat to anyone anymore.
The 28-0 fighter added: "Tony Ferguson is finished now.
"He's going to come back, and someone is going to beat him again, I believe."
And Ferguson has been quick to respond to his claims, as he stated he is raring to finally face him after having five scheduled bouts fall through.
Ferguson tweeted: "@[email protected]_Gaethje I’ll see you soon, Fathead.
"You Can’t Run Well & Conditioning Sucks. Only reason you feel bad is because you did bad.
"I Own You, Chicken # 200k & 20Pushups For The Homeless.
"U (sic) Two Are Managed By @AliAbdelaziz00 I’ll Make It A Point To See You Both."
There had been talk that Ferguson was to fight Dustin Poirier next, but UFC president Dana White has revealed terms couldn't be reached.
White also insisted that anyone who isn't willing to step and compete could be left behind in 2020.
He said: "When I call you and you want to fight (then) fight.
"If you don’t, no problem. I’m not pushing anybody to fight.
"You don’t want to fight? We move on, and we make other fights.”
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