UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Tony Ferguson’s main motivation to keep fighting is money.
Nurmagomedov’s former rival Ferguson (25-8 MMA, 15-6 UFC) is going through a tough time after losing his last five straight fights. At one point, former interim champion Ferguson was on a 12-fight winning streak and dubbed the former UFC lightweight champion’s biggest threat.
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson were scheduled to fight five times, but they were never able to settle their issue as all five fights were called off. Nurmagomedov has since retired and Ferguson is no longer a top contender, but he is still eager to compete.
Nurmagomedov isn’t so sure that’s a wise move.
“His time is up and there is no way to get it back,” Nurmagomedov said in an interview with UFC Russia. “Not Khabib, not Tony, nobody. We’ve had our time, and he’s gone. He keeps fighting. He needs the money. You have to pay your bills in the United States, and I’m sure because he’s from California, I know all the fighters in California – whatever he’s won, take half of that I think he’s still fighting for money to pay the bills, taxes He’s got a family, I think he has two children. I don’t blame him, but you can’t go back. When your time runs out, he doesn’t ask your name.
A top lightweight contender for most of his UFC career, Ferguson will be looking to compete at 170 pounds going forward. He won Season 13 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ as a welterweight but failed to come back up when he was submitted by Nate Diaz at UFC 279 in September.
The loss marked his fifth in a row, but Ferguson has no intention of hanging up the gloves.