UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov does not consider Tony Ferguson will ever be the same fighter again after getting rid of to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249.
It has been several years that fans have been begging and longing to see a struggle involving Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. The most up-to-date close to collision concerning the two was at UFC 249, wherever Khabib was set to defend his lightweight title against Ferguson. However, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the touring issues that arouse for the winner, Ferguson experienced to fight Justin Gaethje alternatively. Gaethje would go on to win in convincing trend, TKOing Tony Ferguson in the fifth spherical. As Khabib watched the bout that was intended for him from the consolation of his residence, he arrived to the realization that he just witnessed the close of the Tony Ferguson that most followers have regarded to be the most fitting rival for him.
“Nobody can be exact very long time. Nobody…no Tony Ferguson, no Khabib, nobody,” Khabib informed ESPN of Ferguson. “And a single working day, somebody gonna beat you or one thing gonna materialize. God really don’t give to nobody power, reaction, psychological, every little thing in 1 level normally. One particular day, it is gonna go down, and his day come.
“And I comprehend Tony Ferguson’s time is concluded. Now, he gonna appear back again, anyone gonna conquer him again, I feel. Simply because when you get destruction like this, you never gonna be exact … under no circumstances, ever, even if you’re Tony Ferguson.”
Khabib did have a recommendation for Tony Ferguson to demonstrate him improper and also make a potential title shot: by stepping up to struggle childhood mate and longtime coaching partner of Nurmagomedov: Islam Makhachev.
“Right now, he have preference. He can arrive and leap to Battle Island and combat with Islam Makhachev,” Khabib claimed. “He have six-earn streak. He’s practically best 10. He have identify. And why not? Why not? Why he don’t want to get this struggle? UFC gonna give him excellent money. Ali Abdelaziz gonna give him $100,000 in addition $100,000. And extremely great prospect: battle with Islam Makhachev, and soon after that, probably he can fight for the title if he acquire. But I consider his time is finished,” Khabib concluded with a chuckle.
At current minute, Islam Makhachev is nonetheless in pursuit of a UFC 254 opponent immediately after Rafael dos Anjos withdrew from their scheduled struggle owing to contracting the coronavirus, and Tony Ferguson is without the need of a battle booked immediately after negotiations for fights versus Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler fell as a result of. With UFC 254 getting a lot less than two weeks away, Ferguson would have to act quickly if he wants to move in to combat Makhachev and perhaps silence Khabib and any of his other doubters with a resounding victory.
Do you concur with Khabib Nurmagomedov? Will Tony Ferguson by no means be the very same once more right after his reduction to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249?
This write-up first appeared on MMANews.com on 10/13/2020