‘He is 37 Years Old’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Says People Around Him Should Ask Tony Ferguson to Stop Fighting

Published 08/19/2021, 12:37 AM EDT


UFC lightweight legend Khabib Nurmagomedov recently commented on the career of his former rival Tony Ferguson. At one point, both men were on a collision course to put on the biggest fight in the lightweight division. However, multiple fight bookings kept falling through due to injury and other extraneous circumstances that kept the fight from happening.

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While Nurmagomedov may have retired from MMA, his former rival in Ferguson continues on and still wants to reach the top. However, he’s had a massive career downturn and has looked like a shadow of his former self. ‘El Cucuy’ is on a three-fight skid and hasn’t won a fight since he defeated Donald Cerrone back in 2019.

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How much does Tony Ferguson have in the tank?

If Khabib Nurmagomedov is to be believed, Tony Ferguson has reached the end of the line in terms of high-level MMA. He commented saying that following Ferguson’s recent losses, it’s time to start thinking about hanging up the gloves. Moreover, he believes someone in Ferguson’s camp should be overseeing the process of transitioning out of MMA.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia announces his retirement in the Octagon after his 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)

“He is 37 years old, well, where would he go back to? He got dominated in his last three fights… There’s got to be people around him to tell him to stop.”

Tony Ferguson x Justin Gaethje: The turning point?

Saying Tony Ferguson was dominated in his recent fights would largely be an understatement for the most part. The former interim champion has had nothing to offer his opponents recently and has taken insidious amounts of damage. To this day, his loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 is considered one of the most hellacious beatdowns in MMA history.

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The road back to the top may very well be too steep for Tony Ferguson who isn’t getting any younger. Not to mention, the lightweight division has become a larger shark tank with newer, more talented upstarts coming up the ranks. Competing against the new waves of elite 155-pounders may just be too much of an ask.

His next fight could be the ‘nail in the coffin’ fight that would decide exactly what he’s got left in the tank. However, per Nurmagomedov, the time to walk away has already come knocking.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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