On Saturday at UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his lightweight title with a triangular second-round choke from Justin Gaethje. After his victory, Nurmagomedov shocked the world by announcing his retirement from the sport. In his post-fight speech, Nurmagomedov cited the death of his father, Abdulmanap, earlier this year as the main reason for his exit from the sport. But even though his reasoning seems flawless, retirements from MMA are notoriously short-lived and, at just 32 years old, Khabib is still at the peak of his career, and some people wonder if this retirement will be as permanent as he is. it seems.
Enter Tony Ferguson.
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have one of the most historic rivalries in MMA history, all the more interesting as the two have never had the chance to fight. Five times a fight has been booked between the two and five times he collapsed and now, with Khabib moving away, it looks like the fight is lost forever. Ferguson disagrees, however. In a recent interview with Submission radio, the former interim lightweight champion has said he believes Khabib will not be retired forever, and when he returns Ferguson plans to wait.
“I completely called him,” Ferguson said. “I called him on my message. You can see it. I called he was going to retire. I mean, Ali Abdelaziz (the manager of Khabib) did his job. He kept his client safe, kept him away from his very dangerous opponents. I mean, that’s what an agent and a manager are supposed to do. Although, he’s a piece of crap, but I have to say, he did the smart thing. I mean he avoided me f * cking at all costs. I mean, the Russians, they avoided me at all costs. It’s awesome. So, you know what, I did my job. They ran. F * ckin ‘Dagestani ran with his tail between his legs. But you know what, he left at sunset. I have to give him props. Go run your family business and I’ll see you when you’re here. Return. Because you will miss it like Conor (McGregor). So, you know what, I’ll remind you again, he’s going to come back. Then I’ll be ready.
Ferguson isn’t the only one who has a feeling Khabib will return, but while it is obviously quite early on, Nurmagomedov appears resolute in the move, stating that he made a promise to his mother and cannot go back on it. . In the meantime, Khabib’s exit from the sport opens up a world of possibilities for the lightweight division and Ferguson feels it should be him against Poirier to crown the new champion.
“I kind of called everyone on one post, and Dustin once said, ‘Let’s do it.’ So he wants to fight for the f * ckin ‘title for me, so he’s already the shit-skipping kind of guy and the kind of thing he has to do, ”Ferguson said. “So like I called it, you got to have it myself and Dustin Poirier has to fight for the title. I mean, Gaethje f * cking lost. I sit here and do my shit and make sure I stay calm and calm and collected. Being real, give me the fucking title. Give me my chance. You want to see me fight, I really want to fight. I have a belt, I have a fight of the year award, I have the Ultimate Fighter trophy, I have a few championship rings, I have medals, I have had a bunch of awards and all American certificates; and certificates of merit in helping people. “
Ferguson and Poirier were linked in a fight at UFC 254, but ultimately it fell through when the UFC couldn’t get the fighters to come to an agreement. Now, however, Poirier is considering a fight with McGregor early next year and the growing consensus among fans is that if the fight becomes official, the UFC will choose to qualify for the vacant title. It’s bad news for Ferguson who says McGregor doesn’t deserve a title fight, given his sparse CV at 155 pounds.
“He just deserves a chance to fight, that’s what he deserves,” Ferguson said. “He just deserves a chance to fight. Fuck him and fight for the title. He needs to fight. He needs to fight with someone like, I don’t know, in the top 15. Get his ass back on that. He does not belong to the top five. Get out of here. “
McGregor’s last fight was a victory over current 15th-place Donald Cerrone. However, the main problem for Ferguson is that he lost his last fight. Earlier this year Ferguson was stopped by Gaethje, losing his undisputed title shot and dragging him back to third in the standings. But despite this fact, he still maintains that he is the rightful heir to the throne of Khabib.
“I’m ready for a belt,” Ferguson said. “That’s why I said I’m going to launch some more media out there. I didn’t do it because I didn’t have a reason before. Even because I didn’t want to scare Khabib. But even without a fucking fight with that bitch, I made her retire. So like I said, props for you, go to sunset with your fucking hat on. When you come back I’ll put my f * ckin ‘baseball cap against your hat and we’ll have a nice cultural exchange.
“So like I said he can go until sunset, he can do his thing, but I’m not going to change because someone else is gone.” I must continue on my way. Compliments to him for completing his mission for his pops and everything, but my family would like me to continue with my dream and all of my stuff and make sure I keep my word against the other opponents.
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Between the links.
Bellator 250 Virtual Media Day.
UFC 254 Fighting Movement
Khabib returns to Dagestan.
Douglas Lima trailer.
Bros being guys in Abu Dhabi.
Cowboy in his element.
Randy on Jon Jones’ P4P GOAT aspirations.
Past fights. Discuss the best performances at UFC 254.
Anik and Florian. Reflection on UFC 254, Khabib’s retirement and this weekend’s card.
Hate to a hilarious degree.
Unanimous decision on last-minute substitute Al Iaquinta to become champion ♂️ Conor McGregor is the only opponent he’s ever had that the general public have actually known. Catapulted my man to be the best ever, it’s hilarious
– BONY (@JonnyBones) October 27, 2020
In case of loss.
Losing is a tough pill to swallow, but trust me when I say the dream of being a champion is still there, I still want those top ten. Do not count on me. pic.twitter.com/R8e5bSWrWB
– Nathaniel Wood (@TheProspectMMA) October 27, 2020
UFC putting McGregor on top of this is so stupid.
Trout “and the like” will do anything for that. It’s only when you figure it out that you realize how bullshit this is. Unless you make money out of it !!!
– Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) October 28, 2020
Dana was sucked into the infomercials.
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In the interview, Ferguson also says that if Khabib stays retired, he might see them fight in a grappling competition or something like that. Now that would be great.
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