Khabib Tweets to Tony Ferguson After UFC 249, Says His Son Will 'Be Proud'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MAY 09: Justin Gaethje (L) of the United States punches Tony Ferguson (R) of the United States in their Interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson have long been rivals, even if they've never met in the Octagon. They've scheduled and subsequently had to cancel five fights against one another.

But Nurmagomedov appeared to put that feud aside Sunday after Ferguson's fifth-round TKO loss to Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title at UFC 249, sending him a message of support:

khabib nurmagomedov @TeamKhabib

Whatever happened is in the past. Heads up Tony, I hope everything is good with you and your family. When your son grow up, he’ll be proud with you. @TonyFergusonXT

Gaethje, not Ferguson, will now likely face Nurmagomedov with the lightweight title on the line in the future. That makes Ferguson's UFC 249 loss doubly disappointing and a tough blow for the man who won 12 straight fights in a stacked division before Saturday's setback.