Khabib Has Too Much Fire To Retire
Ever since the brawl/riot/win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov has talked retirement.
Now heading into his first fight since that October night in Las Vegas, the UFC lightweight champion returns to the Octagon on September 7th to unify his title with interim champion Dustin Poirier’s crown at UFC 242.
Nurmagomedov, 30, knows the end is closer than the beginning of his fighting career but is not ready to think about what’s after fighting.
“Not yet. I’m not a young fighter. I’m not past, I am the UFC champion, I defend my title, this is my second defense,” Nurmagomedov said on the UFC 242 media conference call. “Of course I don’t have a lot of fights ahead before [I retire]. I don’t want to fight when I’m 40 years old, which is not my plan. We’ll see. Before I make the decision, I have to talk with my father and I have to talk to coach Javier [Mendes], all my brothers, my management team Dominance MMA and with all people around me. I cannot make this decision alone.”
“But right now I’m focused on competition because I have too much fire inside.”
“I have inside this fire, I am very competitive. I want to fight with the best guys in the world. That’s why I’m here,” Nurmagomedov continued. “If I don’t feel I no longer want to compete, I’m going to finish. Right now I feel this [hunger], this motivation, this fire and that’s what I stay focused [on].”
“I want to stay busy. I want to stay hungry. I want to stay focused, humble, this is the key.”
UFC 242 Main Card:
Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier
Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder
Islam Makhachev vs. Davi Ramos
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Curtis Blaydes
Diego Ferreira vs. Mairbek Taisumov
UFC 242 Preliminary Card:
Joanne Calderwood vs. Andrea Lee
Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lerone Murphy
Liana Jojua vs. Sarah Moraes
Ottman Azaitar vs. Teemu Packalen
Belal Muhammad vs. Takashi Sato
Muslim Salikhov vs. Nordine Taleb
Omari Akhmedov vs. Zak Cummings
Don Madge vs. Fares Ziam
Report: MMA Fighting