Ben Askren Doesnt Want Khabib Nurmagomedov to Ever Return to the UFC

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November 30, 2020 7:56 pm

Ben Askren shared his opinion on what it takes to create longevity in the combat sports world. He touched upon how some fighters sometimes don’t know when it is the right time to take that step back. He also shed light on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement.

‘Funky’ recently sat down with Mike Heck of MMA Fighting. He spoke about how he never got his picture-perfect ending as a fighter and opined that Nurmagomedov should stay retired.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after his submission victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

While responding to a potential Nurmagomedov comeback, Ben Askren said, “I hope not. I love reading about great athletes and I always wanted that for myself, but I f**ked it up, right! I always wanted an athlete to have like that picture-perfect ending because there are so few that actually have that ending. Where they are on top, they did everything they wanted to do and they ride out into the sunset and they say ‘I don’t need this S**T anymore!’ So I hope so, but I don’t know.”

Can Khabib Nurmagomedov return?

‘The Eagle’ is currently retired from the UFC with an undefeated professional record standing at 29-0. Fighting without his father in his corner was probably tougher than any opponent he’s faced to this date. He conquered emotional demons and retained his UFC lightweight championship at UFC 254.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Subsequently, as per a promise he made to his mother, he left his gloves on the Octagon floor and announced his retirement. Nurmagomedov focused on and built himself a legacy that has left a lasting impression on the UFC. He will forever be known for his unmatched skill and undefeated run. However, as per what his father had outlined for him, he may seek to improve his record to 30-0.

On the flip side, it may ruin the picture-perfect finale he had on Fight Island. The former MMA fighter thinks retirement at this point is a good decision and doesn’t want to see Khabib make a return. What do you make of ‘Funky’s’ comments?  Do you want to see ‘The Eagle’ in action again, or are you satisfied with his decision to retire?

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