UFC boss White says Khabib vs Ferguson is being lined up for a SIXTH time but he's 'scared' it could fall apart again

UFC boss Dana White has said Khabib vs Ferguson is being lined up for the SIXTH time – but he's "scared" plans could fall apart again.

A showdown between the fighters was set up for April but the coronavirus pandemic ended those hopes.

It was the fifth time a meeting between the two was scuppered – but White is certain something can be set up.

This is despite the fact Tony Ferguson was beaten by Justin Gaethje in May and seemingly made the high-profile meeting with the Eagle unlikely.

Khabib and Gaethje will now battle for the lightweight title in UFC 254 on October 24.

But after that, nothing can be ruled out, according to White.

The 51-year-old told Sports Illustrated: "If Khabib does beat Gaethje, you get Tony Ferguson another fight [against a different opponent], which we’re working on right now.

"And hopefully that fight with Khabib [and Ferguson] happens because I know people want to see it.

"I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fight fall apart as many times as those two.

"It almost scares me to make the fight again. What’s going to happen? An asteroid comes to earth? That’s the level of bad this thing is."

The first time a fight between these two was set to go ahead in 2015, Khabib had to pull out with a rib injury.

It was Ferguson's turn to withdraw in 2016 when he developed lung problems.

In March 2017 Ferguson developed a kidney issue, forcing plans to be abandoned for a third time.

And the fourth planned bout went after Ferguson suffered a freak accident six days before the fight as he tripped over a cable and tore his knee ligaments.

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