The biggest mma match under a question mark due to repeated pull outs is Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
UFC 223 conference call was full of soundbites between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
However not to be outshined Khabib promised to deliver Ferguson’s signature sub the D’arce choke:
“I’m going to give him a very strong left hook — left hook, he goes down and then I choke him,” chimed Nurmagomedov when he was asked how the fight would come to close.
“I’m going to give him very nice D’arce choke,” said Nurmagomedov.
Meanwhile Eddie Bravo commented:
“Khabib will be the toughest guy in the lightweight division for a very long time, Conor would be an easier fight for Tony. Khabib’s going to be tough.”
“Nobody is doing what he’s doing with his ground and pound, with his takedowns, with his ground control, and his smashing. He’s the best, probably of all time, really. It’s a tall order, but most people are running from Khabib when they’re on the ground,” Bravo said. “They’re spending most of their time trying to get back up, trying to drag themselves up on the fence, and he just rides them and drags them down.
“That’s a good strategy in certain situations. But we’re going to turn around and attack him,” he said. “We’re going to thank him for taking Tony down, and we’re going to throw some fire at him. It’s going to be different. No one has done that.
“I’m sure his defense is going to be tight. I’m sure he’s going to be studying rubber guard and all that, but we’re going to come there with fire,” he said. “We’re going to come right at him.”
Of course Tony Ferguson is the one famous for d’arce chokes as per instructional below: