Agent Warns Khabib May Retire Ferguson At UFC 223
It seems that the manager for popular UFC lightweight, Khabib Nurmagomedov, isn’t joking when he claims he is concerned about the health of Tony Ferguson following UFC 223 on April 8th.
As first reported by MMA Fighting, Ali Abdel-Aziz believes Ferguson who puts his interim lightweight title on the line against Nurmagomedov, is in a world of trouble and may be staring retirement in the face. The winner will be crowned the undisputed champion, per the UFC, though Conor McGregor still holds the lightweight belt.
“I feel sorry for Tony Ferguson, because on April 7, Tony Ferguson is probably never gonna fight again,” Abel-Aziz said.
“I’m concerned for his well-being, I’m serious. I’m not just saying that to promote a fight. I’m concerned for him. I’m hearing some reports — and I respect Eddie Bravo, he’s a legend — I’m hearing that he’d accept, he’d be more than happy for Khabib to take him down. And I’ll tell you something … he’s not gonna be a normal human being. He’ll be in trouble. Because if he accepts takedown from Khabib and he will take him down, he will disfigure his whole entire face.”
Nurmagomedov has been dominant as a pro, not losing nor seemingly challenged by anyone he’s faced. With that resume, Abdel-Aziz feels it won’t end well for Ferguson.
“It’s gonna be brutal, it’s gonna be ugly, it’s gonna be bloody,” Abdel-Aziz said. “Because Khabib was very nice to Barboza, he was very nice to Michael Johnson. But I’m telling you something. One thing that Khabib is not gonna do, he’s not gonna be nice to Tony Ferguson. My prediction: Tony Ferguson will probably need to take two years off or maybe not come back after this fight.”
Ferguson, Abdel-Aziz believes, is getting played by the UFC and is in a poor position.
“Tony Ferguson is getting played left and right,” Abdel-Aziz said. “I kind of feel bad for Tony Ferguson. Tony Ferguson is getting played. He is — by every body. By the UFC, by his team, by every body. He’s getting played.”