Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov Expects Khabib To Retire 30-0
Winning is something that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is used to. Not only does Khabib anticipate victory, but he also expects to smash his opponent in total dominating fashion. However, the career of a fighter doesn’t last forever. And, it’s nearly impossible to escape the sport of MMA without suffering a loss. Especially after capturing a title. That’s why Nurmagomedov’s father thinks it’s likely that Khabib will retire after attaining a 30-0 record.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov spoke with Russian media outlet TASS in regards to Khabib’s career. The primary angle of the conversation was to discuss the potential of Khabib defending his lightweight championship in Moscow. Abdulmanap also revealed that 30-0 would be enough to satisfy and complete Khabib’s MMA career.
“For Khabib, 30-0 is enough. As for the last fight, then, of course, we would like to hold the last (title) defense in Moscow,” said Khabib’s father.
Nurmagomedov is currently undefeated piling up a massive 28 victories in a row. Notable victories include a pair of commanding lightweight title defenses against Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
Conor or Ferguson Could Be Left Out
If Khabib’s fathers ring true, Khabib would likely only have two fights left in his dominate career. Which could be bad news for McGregor, who has been calling for a rematch with Khabib ever since suffering the loss at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
Book my rematch for Moscow.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019
However, if the UFC were to pull the strings they usually do to satisfy Conor, it could be bad news for Tony Ferguson, who can’t wait to get his hands on Khabib.
While the fans are in unison that Khabib must face Tony Ferguson, his manager Ali Abdelaziz alluded to a change in direction. Khabib has been vocal about facing Tony, he has equally voiced his eagerness to face long-time welterweight king Georges St. Pierre.
Ali told TMZ that he wants Khabib to face GSP
“Georges is my friend for 10 years, and I know Georges wants to fight Khabib,” said Ali.
“If you’re going to compare Tony Ferguson, he beat a whole bunch of guys, but he never been a champion. I’m talking about if Khabib is going to fight for legacy, a fight with Georges St-Pierre will be a huge fight.”
“Dana White is a businessman. That’s why he’s the best promoter of all time. I think him and Georges St-Pierre make a lot more money and more headlines. People will care more. It’s a fight for who is the greatest of all time.”
Ali also stated in the interview that the likelihood of Khabib rematching Conor is nearly nonexistent.
Unfortunately for Ali, he doesn’t necessarily get to make that decision. Ultimately, a fighter chooses their own legacy. Especially Khabib who has preached that legacy means everything to him. Khabib definitely wants a title defense in Moscow and to face Georges St. Pierre. Who that defense will be up against, is yet to be determined.
For now, Khabib will enjoy his short hiatus away from the cage after a dominant victory. At Middle Easy, we’re sure that more of this story will shortly unfold.