Khabib Nurmagomedov has left the entire world wondering about his future. While the Dagestani fighter announced his retirement from the sport soon after his emphatic win over Justin Gaethje, speculation of his return continues to linger. Additionally, UFC President Dana White is also persistent that the “Eagle” will return to the Octagon. Now, Khabib’s manager and Dominance MMA CEO Ali Abdelaziz squashed any rumors of Nurmagomedov’s retirement.
Fake news https://t.co/j7Tg9kYDa1
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) November 19, 2020
Abdelaziz branded the story, “fake news.” In the story, Nurmagomedov is quoted as saying that he is happy about his decision and has no desire to step inside the Octagon.
“I had a goal to reach the summit and I got there. Further, I have no competitive interest.” Nurmagomedov added, “I’ve bought sheep, I tend to my farm. I’d like to develop in this field a little. I have the bull calves out to feed, I have cows.”
Needless to say, fans have been speculating about Nurmagomedov’s return ever since the announcement. Many believe that his decision to retire from the sport might fall on the same idea with which McGregor has announced his retirement numerous times in the past.
Who should Khabib Nurmagomedov fight on his return?
There are only some match-ups that make complete sense in terms of Nurmagomedov’s final opponent for that coveted 30-0 mark. While a rematch with Conor McGregor is appealing, the hugely anticipated showdown against Tony Ferguson is equally exciting.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has proven that he does extremely well against strikers. With notable wins over the likes of Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje, and Dustin Poirier, Ferguson comes across as the only tough contender for the undisputed king of the lightweight division.
Ferguson’s submission prowess and his unorthodox striking make him one of the best lightweight fighters of the modern era. Many believe that ‘El Cucuy’ has what it takes to dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov. Needless to say, if the hugely anticipated return ever takes place, Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson is the fight to make.
Nurmagomedov’s retirement seems to be a done deal for now. However, it has not been made official by the UFC. Do you see him coming back, especially after Abdelaziz’s tweet?
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