Bad news for Khabib fans, as the undefeated UFC lightweight champion could retire within the next year.
That’s according to Khabib’s father — and coach — Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who told Russian outlet TASS that ‘The Eagle’ is likely to retire after his 30th fight.
“For Khabib, 30-0 is enough,” Abdulmanap said, per BJPenn.com.
The 56-year-old would also like to see Nurmagomedov defend his UFC lightweight title in Moscow, Russia for his final fight.
“Regarding his last fight, then, of course, we would like his final title defence to be in Moscow,” Abdulmanap added.
Khabib, 30, is currently undefeated at 28-0 and is widely considered one of, if not the, most dominant fighters of all time. Following his latest title defense at UFC 242, where the Dagestani submitted interim lightweight titleholder Dustin Poirier to unify the titles, Khabib has called to be ranked #1 in the UFC’s official pound-for-pound rankings, a position currently held by reigning light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones.
Khabib’s next title defense is expected to be against top contender Tony Ferguson, but Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, says the Sambo powerhouse is gunning for a superfight against retired legend Georges St-Pierre.
“As far as I know, GSP is next. That is what I want. Tony doesn’t get what he wants. We get what Khabib wants, and if Khabib calls me and says he wants Georges St-Pierre, Georges St-Pierre will be next.”