Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight fighter Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson has thrown a massive challenge at the current champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov while the former revealed his contract negotiations with the latter. 

The pair was supposed to fight at least four times between 2015 and 2018 but that did not happen because of injuries and complications with weight-cuts. However, the two are believed to be coming face to face in April 2020. 

The UFC has reportedly confirmed the fight soon after the news of Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone’s bout in January broke. 

"I’m happy with the way things are going, it’s the beginning of a whole new relationship. I’m only fighting once a year, dude, when I used to fight six times a year. The casuals don’t understand that when you beat everybody, there’s no more fish [in the sea]," Ferguson told ESPN in an interview. 

Khabib (28-0) has been unbeaten as he successfully defended his belt in September against Dustin Poirier having beaten McGregor the year before. 

On the other hand, Ferguson (25-3) last fought in July against Cerrone and also clinched a superb win over Anthony Pettis in 2018. The latter win was special because it came just six months after he tore his knee ligaments during a fight against Khabib at a pre-fight press conference.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC men's Lightweight champion, gives a press conference in Moscow, Nov. 26, 2018. Photo: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

Speaking about his future fight against the current UFC champion, Ferguson added, "I told everybody I’m going to make him puke blood. I owe him two to the chops and he will owe me 20 push-ups. This guy’s got an issue and his name is Tony Ferguson. It’s hunting season, baby."

Ferguson, 35, also revealed that Khabib’s team apparently had tried to avoid the fight as long as they could by "throwing in" names such as retired fighter Georges St Pierre and fellow lightweights McGregor and Justin Gaethje.

"You go for it, man. I’m the people’s champ and he’s going to get the people’s eyebrow with the elbow," Ferguson added.