The UFC hasn’t made any official announcements regarding a reported UFC on Fox 19 event on April 16, but after his fight with Tony Ferguson was first reported, Khabib Nurmagomedov took to Instagram to say their fight was the night’s main event.
The lightweight contender posted a picture to Instagram about the fight, and said that it’s going to be the five round main event on the card.
Penick’s Analysis: It’s the most deserving of having the five round designation of the bouts reported thus far. Rashad Evans vs. Shogun Rua is a sensible fight right now, but it’s not a main event for 2016. Nurmagomedov-Ferguson is a great lightweight fight, and as a five round fight it’s even better. Given the winner could be the next UFC Lightweight Title challenger, that would be excellent.
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It wouldn’t surprise me if this becomes a 3 round fight with Johnson vs. Cejudo on top of the card.
I was thinking something like that as well. As much as I’d love to see these two in five rounds, it’s not a huge headliner for a Fox card. DJ at least has a title.