Abdelaziz: Khabib Needs Money Opponents
Heading into 2019, Khabig Nurmagomedov has a long list of challengers for his UFC lightweight title. One opponent is top challenger and former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson. Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have had four scheduled fights against one another cancelled for a variety of reasons over the past few years, and it according to Khabib’s manager, you should not expect a fifth any time soon..
“At the end of the day, Khabib doesn’t need to fight anybody else for his legacy,” Ali Abdelaziz told MMA Fighting. “He’s done what he’s done. He’s 27-0, he’s 12-0 in the UFC, he’s never been dropped, he’s never been caught, he’s never been knocked down.
“Let’s talk about a GOAT. No PEDs. We talk about the greatest of all-time, I think that he should be on top of the list, because he never lost to anybody. He’s never lost, he’s never been dropped, he’s never been stitched, nothing.”
“So [we want] the biggest money fight he can make. Boxing, MMA, whatever. I love Tony Ferguson— he’s not that, I can tell you that,” Abdelaziz said of Ferguson’s drawing power. “One-hundred percent, Tony Ferguson is not the next fight, because Tony Ferguson — I need somebody who can sell pay-per-views.
“At the end of the day, it will be the exact same situation. Khabib was supposed to fight Eddie Alvarez, remember that? When he got taken out [in place of Conor McGregor], we understood it because Conor’s going to bring pay-per-views. We need people who can help us sell pay-per-views, and that’s it.”
Quotes Via MMA Fighting