Khabib Nurmagomedov has under no circumstances been shy about addressing his probable retirement, and a gain in excess of Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 would depart couple selections available to him in the light-weight division.
Contemplating the travel for Nurmagomedov has generally been extra about opposition than compensation, Gaethje arguably is the biggest obstacle still left in the latest landscape of lightweight
So what would be still left for Nurmagomedov should he get past Gaethje?
“Very fantastic question, honestly – really fantastic dilemma,” Nurmagomedov explained to MMA Combating on Thursday in the course of the UFC 254 media day. “I don’t know. For case in point, I’m heading to complete Justin Gaethje inside of the cage Oct. 24. What else? This is pretty very good issue.
“I really like competitiveness. I love to compete with the ideal fighters in the earth. That’s why I am right here. I’m not in the UFC to make funds. I have a whole lot of organization initiatives exterior the UFC, I can make cash. Fantastic issue. Incredibly fantastic problem.”
In earlier many years, Nurmagomedov has brazenly contemplated the finish of his preventing vocation. Need to he ideal Gaethje at UFC 254, it’s even more durable to disregard that simple fact as he methods 29 wins with zero losses.
Regardless of the absence of a prospective contender waiting in the wings, the 32-calendar year-aged Dagestani indigenous explained retirement is not genuinely on his thoughts right now. Increase to that, he unveiled UFC President Dana White has already mentioned anything important in the performs for him, but Nurmagomedov swore him to secrecy right until immediately after his struggle, which takes area on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
“I really do not think [retirement after this fight],” Nurmagomedov said. “We have a pair solutions. We’re likely to imagine about this after this struggle.
“Dana informed me following this combat, he has a little something unique for me. But I advised him, remember to preserve this, immediately after fight we’re going to speak. He say has extremely significant points just after this struggle for me. We’ll see.”
Just one opponent that Nurmagomedov has talked about numerous moments that would serve as a desire combat is a showdown with former two-division UFC winner Georges St-Pierre. It continues to be to be seen if that is an possibility the UFC will check out. An additional identify that continually arrives up for Nurmagomedov, no matter if he likes it or not, is a rematch with McGregor, whom he defeated by submission in a heated grudge match in 2018.
Just a short while ago, White stated that the UFC was interested in scheduling Nurmagomedov in opposition to McGregor as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter, which would conclude with a rematch. The UFC president reported the system was scrapped just after Nurmagomedov shot down the thought adhering to an outburst from McGregor on social media.
For his aspect, Nurmagomedov isn’t pondering about McGregor or anyone else suitable now as he prepares to confront Gaethje in just a couple weeks.
“Right now, I’m targeted on Justin Gaethje, Oct. 24,” Nurmagomedov responded when asked about McGregor. “I am focused on him. I really don’t want to underestimate this dude.
“Justin is a extremely hard opponent, incredibly tough guy. He observe his desire. He’s really hungry. He just beat a really hard opponent. I really do not want to undervalue him. I am focused on Oct. 24.”