One of the fights we will never see is the one between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. While Tony was in his "prime", many thought that he was one of the candidates who could threaten Khabib, but considering how many times their fight was canceled, it is not surprising that it has already become synonymous with such situations.
It is probably clear to everyone that Tony Ferguson is not the same fighter as he was before. He is currently on a five-fight losing streak, and his last loss was to Nate Diaz last month. Before that, he experienced several heavy losses such as the one against Michael Chandler, and against Dariush and Oliveira, he really had no chance.
The best days are probably behind "El Cucuy", but there are no indications that he will retire soon, at least not voluntarily. Considering the years he has been in the UFC, he probably has a good contract and is making good money, and Khabib believes that this is exactly the reason why he does not want to retire:
Khabib speaks on Tony
“His time is up, and there’s no way to get it back,” Nurmagomedov said in an interview with UFC Russia.
“Not Khabib, not Tony, nobody. We had our time, and it passed. He continues to fight. He needs money. You have to pay your bills in the U.S., and I’m sure that since he’s a Californian, I know all the Californian fighters – everything he earned, take half of that.
I think he keeps fighting for money to pay bills, taxes. He has a family, I think he has two kids. I don’t blame him, but you can’t get back time. When your time goes away it doesn’t ask your name”. Although he is on a five-game losing streak, Ferguson said he has no intention of retiring.
If he already intends to fight, we hope that it will be against a veteran, and not the very top of the category as before.
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