Khabib Nurmagomedov has a tough mission set for April 18, when he will face Tony Ferguson for maintaining the lightweight title at UFC 249, in Brooklyn (USA). Despite having a fight scheduled, Khabib seems to be outlining plans in the event of victory against the American. His manager, Ali Abdelaziz, said that ‘Notorious‘ needs a new triumph – this time against Justin Gaethje.
In an interview with the website ‘TMZ Sports‘, the Khabib representative stressed that the Russian’s focus is currently on Tony Ferguson, against whom he fights in the main fight of UFC 249, scheduled for April 18. However, if Conor really wants to face the Russian on a second chance, Abdelaziz imposed that the Irishman must first beat Gaethje, who has been packed for three consecutive victories in the company.
“All this talk, it doesn’t make sense. We have to beat Tony. Conor can say what he wants, but my advice to him is: ‘Hey s**t, go fight Justin Gaethje. Win the fight and after that come back here for a title shot ‘”, that’s it. After Tony, the ranking says (next) is Justin Gaethje. But in the meantime, if Conor thinks he’s next, he should fight Justin Gaethje, ”said Abdelaziz, before explaining his point of view.
“You can’t win a title fight because you beat a 36-year-old who came from defeat. If he wants a title fight he needs, like Khabib said, to start fighting guys like Gaethje and Islam Makhachev – these growing young people who come from victories. He knocked out the guy who (Gaethje) just knocked out too. (Conor) is a great fighter, but in the end Khabib follows his principles and will do what is best for him now. The best thing for Khabib right now is to focus on Tony Ferguson ”, added the Nurmagomedov manager.
The duel between ‘El Cucuy’ and Khabib is one of the most anticipated of the season. The fighters have previously been scheduled to face each other on four occasions, but the fight has never gone off the ground due to injury and balance scales on both sides. The fifth attempt will take place in Brooklyn (USA) and will define who is the king of the 155 lb division of the UFC.