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Here's how UFC 223's Tony Ferguson is sharpening his elbows for Khabib Nurmagomedov


Tony Ferguson’s training habits know no bounds, and the interim UFC lightweight champion isn’t tapering back ahead of the biggest fight of his career at UFC 223.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) meets Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) for UFC lightweight gold in the main event of UFC 223, which takes place Apr. 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. N.Y., and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. It’s one of the biggest fights of the year, and “El Cucuy” is preparing accordingly.

“The Ultimate Fighter 13” winner takes much pride in his elbow attacks. Whether it’s from standing position, the clinch or off his back, Ferguson is partial to elbow attacks that can hurt and cut opponents open. Now he’s shown how he keeps his weapons sharp with a “durability test” (via Instagram):

“Durability Test” Decent Rig… Can W/ Stand Ma’Bows???? #UFC223 B# ?????? #Elbows #TonyFergusonMMA SnapJitsu™ #SnapDownCity #TeamElCucuy Our Mat. ??????????

UFC 223 marks the fourth fight booking between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov. The pair were scheduled to fight in 2015, 2016 and 2017, but a variety of circumstances has prevented the fight from coming to fruition.

There are still several weeks remaining until Ferguson steps in the octagon with “The Eagle,” but clearly he’s doing everything possible to be ready for it.

For more on UFC 223, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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