Former Final Preventing Championship (UFC) light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov could also be retired from blended martial arts (MMA), however that hasn’t stopped “The Eagle” from assessing the present fight sports activities panorama.
Simply ask the new-look Jose Aldo.
Native reporters had an opportunity to query Nurmagomedov throughout a public panel and “The Eagle” didn’t mince phrases when it got here to longtime rival Tony Ferguson. “El Cucuy” has now misplaced three straight and appears like a shell of his former self.
“He’s 38 years outdated,” Nurmagomedov advised RT Sport (transcribed by MMA Junkie). “Inform me how he could make a comeback? He was dominated in his final three bouts. Totally different kinds – 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 it’s a must to pull the brakes and there should be folks round him to say, ‘Hey, you might be growing old. You must cease.’”
Ferguson is definitely 37 however the level stands. And with out diminishing his accomplishments at 155 kilos, it’s essential to notice that “El Cucuy” doesn’t maintain a victory over anybody presently ranked within the High 5 of his division.
And by no means crossed paths with Conor McNuggets.
Sadly, followers by no means acquired an opportunity to see Ferguson battle Nurmagomedov when each fighters have been of their respective primes, although not for a scarcity of attempting on the a part of the promotion. Between accidents and tiramisu, it appears their light-weight showdown was merely not meant to be.