Ali Abdelaziz made it crystal clear that Tony Ferguson is not next in line for a shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov and the champ isn’t exactly in agreement.
According to his manager, the lightweight champion will not be tempted to return to the octagon for his next bout without some serious financial incentive – with some suggesting that a showdown against Floyd Mayweather is on the cards.
Speaking to MMAFighting, Ali made it clear that Nurmagomedov’s legacy is now set in stone and that another matchup of lucrative proportions is on the agenda.
“At the end of the day, Khabib doesn’t need to fight anybody else for his legacy. He’s done what he’s done. He’s 27-0, he’s 12-0 in the UFC, he’s never been dropped, he’s never been caught, he’s never been knocked down.
“Let’s talk about a GOAT. No PEDs. We talk about the greatest of all-time, I think that he should be on top of the list, because he never lost to anybody. He’s never lost, he’s never been dropped, he’s never been stitched, nothing.”
According to the divisive manager, Tony Ferguson just doesn’t offer the type of financial incentive necessary to see The Eagle return to the octagon – especially given the opportunities his newfound status has afforded him.
“So the biggest money-fight he can make. Boxing, MMA, whatever. I love Tony Ferguson— he’s not that, I can tell you that.
“One-hundred percent, Tony Ferguson is not the next fight, because Tony Ferguson — I need somebody who can sell pay-per-views.
“At the end of the day, it will be the exact same situation. Khabib was supposed to fight Eddie Alvarez, remember that? When he got taken out. We understood it because Conor’s going to bring pay-per-views. We need people who can help us sell pay-per-views, and that’s it.”
Khabib responded to a fan’s comment on a recent Instagram post with a short but telling reminder that he makes his own decisions.
“My manager’s name is Ali. My name is Khabib.
“Do not confuse.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena