Khabib Nurmagomedov has denied that his last outing at UFC 229 will be his last, despite there being some indication that his days in MMA were numbered.
At 27-0 and with the biggest fight of his professional career now behind him, Nurmagomedov would be forgiven if he decided to hang up his gloves and call it a day.
His star-power is at an all-time high following his fourth-round submission victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 and while his current status is up in the air ahead of his NSAC hearing – he seems to be in good spirits as he travels the world.
With that being said, however, there are more than a few fights out there for the Russian to test himself in. Showdowns with the likes of Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee, and even Tyron Woodley and Conor McGregor again could well prove invaluable to Khabib’s legacy and bank-balance.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday (via Metro.co.uk), Khabib made it clear that he has no intention of retiring just yet – citing the fact that he is at his athletic peak as a reason for him to continue for at least a while longer.
“To me every fight is the last fight. I feel that in every fight, and then they start calling you and you start getting ready. I have been thinking about it, I’m 30.
“Life goes on and I don’t want to be beaten. You have to live when you’re on top, and it’s not just me saying this.
“It’s always been like this. When you’re at your peak, you can never get back to your top form. But for right now, I’m okay. I can go on.”
For the vast majority of fans, a showdown with divisional top contender Tony Ferguson is the fight to make right now.
Both guys have been streaking through the 155lb ranks for the last few years and while it was Nurmagomedov who reached the belt first – there are many who believe ‘El Cucuy’ is as close to an uncrowned-champ at lightweight as you can get.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena