VIDEO: Tony Ferguson Calls Out Khabib Nurmagomedov for Not Fighting Him in a Hilarious Animation Video

Published 08/20/2021, 9:40 AM EDT


One of the greatest UFC fights to never happen is the battle between Tony Ferguson and former lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. The duo, who were scheduled for a clash on multiple occasions, couldn’t see their highly intense rivalry concluding. With ‘The Eagle’ now happily retired, the fight fans couldn’t help but retire their dream fight aspirations along with it.

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Now, the former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson recently mocked his great rival Khabib Nurmagomedov through an animated video. The American took to Twitter and wrote a post along with a video showing him defeating the undefeated Dagestani warrior.

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Ferguson has been calling out Khabib since he announced his retirement last year. ‘The Eagle’ bid adieu to his beloved sport after successfully defending his undisputed lightweight gold against ‘The Highlight’ Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

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He retired with the undisputed gold and also the undisputed win-loss record of 29 wins and 0 losses. ‘The Eagle‘ has continuously denied a return to the octagon and instead has been focussing on mentoring his pals like Islam Makhachev and Umar Nurmagomedov.

Khabib wants Tony Ferguson to retire after suffering 3 consecutive defeats

May 15, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Beneil Dariush lands a hit against Tony Ferguson during UFC 262 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Ferguson (25-6), lately is going through a torrid time. The former interim champion has dropped 3 consecutive matches against 3 elite opponents. He was riding a 12 fight win streak before he eventually met his match against Gaethje at UFC 249. ‘The Highlight’ dominated ‘El Cucuy’ and ultimately picked up a TKO win.

His next two defeats came against submission specialists like Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush. Both fighters picked up a unanimous decision win at UFC 256 and UFC 262, respectively.

Recently, Khabib assessed Ferguson’s situation and advised him to retire from the game as he no longer possesses the threat to topple elite opponents.

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“He is 38. Tell me, how he can come back? He was dominated last three fights,” Khabib said. “Different styles, a striker, a grappler, Dariush, Oliveira, Gaethje. They all was dominating him.”

“In stand up or on the ground. 38 years old, I think it is time to stop. There should be people next to him that could say that he must stop because of the age. It is not an easy business. Especially when you are not a young man,” Khabib added.

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It will be interesting to see when and against whom ‘El Cucuy’ makes his octagon return. With advanced age, time is running out on him for making an attempt towards a title shot.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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