Khabib Nurmagomedov has followed Justin Gaethje's lead in believing Tony Ferguson was never an elite lightweight. Gaethje made headlines recently when he claimed he never considered Ferguson an elite lightweight which later led to a back-and-forth between the pair. https:\/\/twitter.com\/Justin_Gaethje\/status\/1358524194577915906 However, Nurmagomedov feels the same, despite previously claiming Ferguson was a fight he needed for his legacy. \u201cMaybe that would be Tony Ferguson, but I swear that I never considered him as an elite lightweight,\u201d Nurmagomedov said when asked which fight would erase all doubts about his greatness in a recent chat with Russian heavyweight Magomed Ismailov. \u201cHe was very good, but I never counted him so, because it\u2019s impossible to be an elite at 37 years. It\u2019s never been before and even Khabib cannot do this. At 37 years in the lightweight division, no way, but heavyweights can. It\u2019s my opinion and you cannot change it. "Secondly, since 2016 he fought Kevin Lee, Barboza, Pettis, and Cerrone and these four fighters have 20 losses for these four years. It means that since 2016 he didn\u2019t fight good fighters. But now, he faced young and top fighters, I mean Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje. They outclassed him, you saw this. Both fighters just dominated Tony. I was just dreaming about this fight. But it wasn\u2019t destined, we had injuries in a row.\u201d https:\/\/twitter.com\/BrMassami\/status\/1362807835717869570 The Dream Fight Which Never Happened To Nurmagomedov's credit, he is only stating that Ferguson at 37 years of age cannot be considered elite in his eyes and he might have a point given the mileage "El Cucuy" has accumulated. However, there's no question that the Ferguson of old, especially from 2015 to 2017, was certainly elite and that is why a matchup between the pair was so highly-anticipated for a number of years, with some observers still pining to watch it today. With Nurmagomedov now retired and Ferguson on a two-fight losing streak, all that can be said is it's a shame fans never got to witness it.