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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Manager Calls On Tony Ferguson To Retire After Justin Gaethje Defeat

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Manager Calls On Tony Ferguson To Retire After Justin Gaethje Defeat

Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager believes that Tony Ferguson could "never recover from [his] beating" from Justin Gaethje and called on him to quit MMA.

Ferguson, 36, was on a 12-fight winning streak and was undefeated for eight years before the clash with Gaethje at UFC 249 last week.

But Gaethje, 31, stunned MMA fans by producing a dazzling performance as he secured a sensational TKO victory in the fifth against 'El Cucuy.'

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Ali Abdelaziz, who also represents Gaethje, asked what Ferguson has left to accomplish as he insisted that the UFC star should retire.

"When you take an a**e-whooping that Tony Ferguson did, I think he's never gonna be the same," the 42-year-old told TMZ.

"If he had fought Khabib also, he would've never been the same."

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"He had a great run, but I think when you get beat up like that, you'll never recover from this beating.

"And I think he should retire. What else he needs to accomplish?"

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Ferguson was rushed to hospital after the UFC 249 clash due to injuries, but he has since been discharged and won't receive surgery on his broken orbital bone.

However, 'El Cucuy' has since entered into a heated social media spat with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

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Abdelaziz poked fun at the pair's heated rivalry and suggested that Ferguson could have a "senior citizen match" with McGregor.

"Or maybe he can have a senior citizen match with guys like McGregor," Khabib's manager said.

"To fight a guy like McGregor, you have to be coming off two losses. Maybe he and Tony can fight."

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Topics: Ali Abdelaziz​, Justin Gaethje, UFC News, MMA News, Highlight, El Cucuy, Tony Ferguson, UFC, MMA, UFC 249

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]