UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov He said in a recent interview that he doesn’t think Tony Ferguson was ever an elite lightweight.
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson were rivals for most of the five years, but despite being booked by the UFC to fight five times, the fight never came to fruition for various reasons. With Ferguson having recently lost back-to-back fights to Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje, and with Nurmagomedov likely set to retire from MMA, it seems like this is a dream fight that will never come true. Although some fans still swear that Ferguson has the skill set that Kryptonite could be for Nurmagomedov, the champion has moved on.
Ferguson was not an elite fighter
Nurmagomedov recently sat down with his friend, Russian heavyweight fighter Magomed Ismailov, and talked about Ferguson. Although the champion admits that he still thinks about the fight from time to time, “The Eagle” wants the fans to be realistic. In his mind, Ferguson was never an elite lightweight and hasn’t had quality wins in recent years, so this is no longer a matchup Nurmagomedov is interested in.
Maybe that’s Tony Ferguson, but i swear i never thought of him as an elite lightweight«.
“It was very good, but I never told it like that, because it is impossible to be an elite at 37 years (old). It has never been before and Khabib cannot do this. At 37 in the lightweight division, no way, but heavyweights can. It is my opinion and you cannot change it. Second, since 2016 he fought Kevin Lee, Edson Barboza, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone and these four fighters have 20 losses during these four years. It means that since 2016 he has not fought with good fighters. But now, he faced young and top-tier fighters, I mean Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje. They got over it, you saw this. Both fighters just dominated Tony. I was just dreaming about this fight. But it was not destined, we had consecutive injuries ”.
Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson was a riveting matchup at one point, but among all the injuries to both fighters, it just wasn’t what it was meant to be. Although Ferguson exhibits a different skill set from many of Nurmagomedov’s opponents over the years, at 37, his days of making a lightweight title are probably over. Although Nurmagomeodv was harsh in his criticism of Ferguson, he is only letting fans know that this is no longer a fight that should be on anyone’s radar.
Khabib, who continues to try to convince UFC president Dana White that he will remain retired from MMA, came close to pulling out of his fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. The undefeated Russian champion had to deal with the passing of his father. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, before the fight, but that is not why “Eagle” contemplated withdrawing from his confrontation with Gaethje.
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