CONOR McGREGOR will have to wait for a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian agreed to defend his UFC lightweight title against Tony Ferguson.
The pair will clash in the octagon on April 18 in Brooklyn.
And it means McGregor will not get a second shot at Khabib until late 2020 at the earliest after being defeated by the Russian in October 2018.
Khabib vs Ferguson has been five years in the making, with the pair signing up to fight each other on four previous occasions.
However, the bouts were all axed due to injuries, with Khabib pulling out in 2015 and 2017 and Ferguson withdrawing in 2016 and 2018.
But supporters will be hoping they finally get to see the pair in action, with Khabib, 31, and Ferguson, 35, rated as arguably the two best fighters in MMA.
Khabib holds an extremely impressive 28-0 record in the UFC.
While Ferguson has won 18 of his last 19 bouts for a 25-3 card.
Khabib’s last fight came against Dustin Poirier in September, while Ferguson hasn’t sparred since a victory over Donald Cerrone on June 8.
Taking to Twitter, Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz confirmed the exciting news.
Sharing an image of the fight contract, he wrote: “Here we go. The champ signed his bout agreement against Tony Ferguson.
“This man has been asking for this a** whooping and now he has earned it.
“April 18th the eagle will land in Brooklyn one more time. This one is for the fans.
“To be clear, nobody is sleeping on Tony Ferguson. He is on a 12-fight winning streak for a reason.
“We will have the best training camp and we will have faith in Allah for both guys to stay healthy.
“Let’s do this. EAGLE TIME. KHABIB TIME.”
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