- Makhachev was scheduled to fight former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 254. The pairing ended up getting scrapped after RDA tested positive for COVID-19.
- Abdelaziz then offered the Makhachev fight to Ferguson, proposing a $100,000/$100,000 deal for the latter’s show/win money. He later doubled down on the deal by posting a photo of the signed checks.
- “El Cucuy” rejected the offer, calling it a “bribe” from a “lowlife.”
- Ferguson has a history with Abdelaziz and his clients, particularly with Khabib Nurmagomedov. The two have been booked to fight a total of five times already, all of which ended up canceled.