Tony Ferguson claims bout with Nurmagomedov is his first title defense

Tony Ferguson claims bout with Nurmagomedov is his first title defense, not a fight for the vacant title

On April 7, in the main event of UFC 223, UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and undefeated contender…

According to Tony Ferguson, however, he and Nurmagomedov will not be battling for the vacant lightweight title. Instead, he claims that this fight will serve as his first title defense. If this is true, the implication is that, once McGregor is stripped, Ferguson will promptly be promoted to undisputed champion, and Nurmagomedov will challenge him for this title.

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