Tony Ferguson doesn’t think Khabib Nurmagomedov will remain retired.
Nurmagomedov wrapped up his pro MMA career after defeating Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. “The Eagle” submitted Gaethje in the second round via triangle choke. Nurmagomedov ends his pro MMA career with a record of 29-0.
One matchup that fight fans have missed out on if Khabib is truly done is the bout with Ferguson. “El Cucuy” made an appearance on Submission Radio. During the show, Ferguson explained why he believes Nurmagomedov will return (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“I completely called it out. I called it out on my post. You guys can see that. I called he was gonna retire. I mean, Ali Abdelaziz (Khabib’s manager) did his job. He kept his client safe, kept him away from very dangerous opponents. I mean, that’s what an agent and a manager is supposed to do. Although he is a piece of sh*t, but I have to say, he did the smart thing. I mean, he avoided me at all f*cking costs. I mean, the Russians, they avoided me at all fucking costs. That’s f*cking awesome. So, you know what, I did my job. They ran. F*ckin’ Dagestani ran with his tail between his legs. But you know what, he’s off in the sunset. I have to give him props. Go handle your family business, and I’ll see you when you get here. Back. Because you’re gonna miss it like Conor (McGregor). So, you know what, I’m calling it out again, he’s going to be back. So, I’ll be f*cking ready.”
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were scheduled to collide back in May but travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to those plans. Ferguson ended up fighting Gaethje for the interim lightweight title, losing via fifth-round TKO. With Nurmagomedov out of the picture, Ferguson remains right in the thick of things at 155 pounds.