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(Watch) Israel Adesanya shares his thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is preparing hard for his fight against Tony Ferguson (Image credit: Getty)

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is the big fight at UFC 249

UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya claimed it will be a close contest as Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson inches closer.

Adesanya will be defending his title at UFC 248 against Yoel Romero and the next UFC show sees the undefeated Khabib take on Ferguson.

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Israel Adesanya talks during a press conference for UFC 248 at Toyota Center (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Khabib has been a beast and has taken on all challengers during his time in MMA. However, he has never faced Ferguson.

Adesanya was speaking to the press ahead of his fight but was asked about UFC 249:

“That’s a 50-50 fight for me man, that’s a 50-50 fight.

“They both have things that, each other, cancel each other. That’s a good fight.”

Khabib and Ferguson have been slated to face each other four times past but the fight, for several reasons, didn’t happen.

Adesanya was willing to pray to the MMA Gods that this would happen and claimed that maybe the fifth/sixth time is the charm.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is unbeaten in his MMA career (Getty)

“Pray to the MMA Gods that it happens this time. The fifth time’s the charm, sixth time’s the charm, whatever it is. Pray to the MMA Gods.

The Nigerian star also joked that he would do something to appease the Gods too:

“Offer a sacrifice. I’ll offer a sacrifice so that way then may God will be pleased and the fight will go through.”

Both fighters getting in the mood

Khabib has been excellent in the UFC but this will be another tough test for the Russian star.

Ferguson might have three losses to his name, but many predict him to be a tough opponent for the Lightweight champion.

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Tony Ferguson faces Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249 (Image credit: Getty)

Ferguson isn’t taking things lightly either and has posted several videos of him working out. Khabib is also doing the same, and it will be interesting to see how things take place in a month’s time.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn't easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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