If Khabib Nurmagomedov is thinking about taking an early retirement, the lightweight contender is certainly doing a good job of hiding it.
Since Nurmagomedov had to pull out of his highly anticipated bout with Tony Ferguson last month, there’s been talk that undefeated fighter might be planning to retire sooner than later. A lot of the speculation has been fuelled by comments Nurmagomedov’s father apparently made to the Russian media, whereby, he reportedly said his son would be hanging up the gloves within the next couple of years.
As you surely know, the last couple of years have been tough for Nurmagomedov. The galaxy class grappler has dealt with serious knee injuries, a rib injury, and now most recently, he incurred medical issues while trying to make weight for UFC 209.
But, while appearing on “The MMA Hour” recently, Nurmagomedov had this to say, in response to the early retirement talk (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Nobody is trying (to get me to retire),” Nurmagomedov said. “I know my father talked about this with Russian media, and U.S. media make, like, different translation. But how I retire if I have to fight for the title? Now, I have very big name, and now, a lot of big fights are coming. How I retire? I no understand, who talk about this?”
There you have it. Now, since “The Eagle” is only 28, it would certainly be a shame if his career was cut short, so it’s good to hear he has no intention of retiring early. But, if he runs into more serious injuries, or has difficulty making 155 again, you have to wonder if an early retirement might materialize after all.