Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Tony Ferguson ought to retire: ‘Inform me how he could make a comeback?’

Former UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov by no means bought the prospect to struggle rival Tony Ferguson and if it have been as much as him, Ferguson would be part of him in retirement.

At a press convention to announce a sponsorship take care of Gorilla Power, Nurmagomedov was requested for his ideas on Ferguson’s current outcomes. Ferguson has misplaced his previous three fights after placing collectively a 12-fight win streak from 2013-2019. The lopsided losses have led to questions as to how for much longer Ferguson will proceed competing.

Nurmagomedov thinks that Ferguson ought to take into account hanging up the gloves.

“He’s 38 years outdated,” Nurmagomedov stated in an interview posted and translated by RT Sport. “Inform me how he could make a comeback? He was dominated in his final three bouts. Completely different kinds – a striker, a grappler… Dariush, Oliveira, Gaethje, all of them dominated him each standing up and on the bottom. If you end up 38, I imagine, it’s a must to pull the brakes and there should be individuals round him to say: ‘Hey, you’re getting older, it’s a must to cease.’”

Nurmagomedov retired in October of final 12 months and completed his profession 29-0, with three UFC light-weight title defenses and a 13-0 mark within the promotion. Throughout Ferguson’s prolonged win streak, a matchup between the 2 was among the many most highly-anticipated in all of MMA and so they have been booked to face each other on 5 separate events. Sadly, each reserving fizzled as a consequence of maladies on each side.

Elaborating on why he wish to see Ferguson retire, Nurmagomedov pointed to teammate Shamil Zavurov to additional clarify his opinion. Zavurov, 37, simply competed in his forty seventh professional bout this previous June and regardless of having a wholesome 40–6–1 file and 11 wins in his previous 12 fights, Nurmagomedov nonetheless needs Zavurov to step away from competitors quickly.

“We’ve been saying that to Shami for the final 12 months and a half,” Nurmagomedov continued. “Shamil is way from younger, too. We gave our all to influence him this must be his farewell struggle. Though if we had not informed him that he would’ve fought till he was 45. So… combating is a troublesome enterprise. Particularly, if you end up 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.

“It’s a must to take into consideration the longer term, not simply your MMA profession. You flip 40, 50, 60 years outdated, how are you going to reside life if you end up over 50? It’s a must to take into consideration the longer term.”

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