Khabib Nurmagomedov thinks Tony Ferguson ought to observe in his footsteps and name it a profession.
Though for various causes, the previous UFC light-weight champion doesn’t suppose his rival Ferguson is similar fighter anymore. As soon as some of the feared lightweights within the division, “El Cucuy” has endured three straight lopsided losses after amassing a powerful 12-fight successful streak.
“He’s 38 years outdated,” Nurmagomedov informed RT Sport. “Inform me how he could make a comeback? He was dominated in his final three bouts. Totally different types – a striker, a grappler … (Beneil) Dariush, (Charles) Oliveira, (Justin) Gaethje – all of them dominated him each standing up and on the bottom. If you end up 38, I consider you must pull the brakes and there should be folks round him to say, ‘Hey, you’re getting older. You must cease.’”
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson had been on a collision course for years, however after 5 scrapped bouts and “The Eagle’s” current retirement, it’s extremely unlikely to ever occur. Whereas Ferguson remains to be holding on to hope that Nurmagomedov comes out of retirement to allow them to lastly settle their rating, Nurmagomedov thinks Ferguson has taken an excessive amount of injury.
Nurmagomedov referenced teammate Shamil Zavurov, who although he’s had only one setback in nearly 5 years, is 37. Zavurov has received 5 in a row, however Nurmagomedov wish to see him cling up his gloves earlier than probably taking pointless injury heading into his 40s.
“We now have been saying that to Shamil for the final yr and a half,” Nurmagomedov stated. “Shamil is way from younger, too. We gave our all to steer him this needs to be his farewell battle, though if we had not informed him that, he would’ve fought till he was 45. … Preventing is a tricky enterprise, particularly if you find yourself not younger and you retain getting knocked out. That impacts your well being. He has, like, greater than 10 children – he has to boost them.
“You must take into consideration the long run, not simply your MMA profession. You flip 40, 50, 60 years outdated, how are you going to dwell life if you find yourself over 50? You must take into consideration the long run.”