Ali Abdelaziz's manager of Khabib Nurmagomedov has ruled out a return to the Octagon against Tony Ferguson as his next fight, paving the way for a possible rematch with Conor McGregor.
Numrmagomedov is still awaiting a penalty from the Nevada Athletic Commission after his post-war UFC 229 warfare. However, if he eventually returns, it will not be against Tony Ferguson, despite his victory over Anthony Pettis on the same evening last October.
Ferguson, who was on an 11-fight win streak, then called for the game.
Khabib and I deserve to fight. We have to fight for the fifth time, we have to try again. He is the champion, I was the interim champion. I am still the damn champion. There is no BS here.
Yet, Abdelaziz, who spoke to MMAFighting, claimed that fighting is not lucrative enough.
At the end of the day, Khabib does not have to fight anyone else for his legacy. He has done what he has done. He is 27-0, he is 12-0 in the UFC, he has never been dropped, he has never been caught, he has never been defeated. Let's talk about a GEIT. No PEDs. We talk about the greatest of all times, I think he should be at the top of the list, because he never lost for someone. He is never lost, he has never been dropped, he is never attached, nothing.
"So [we want] the biggest money fight he can make. Boxing, MMA, whatever. I love Tony Ferguson – he is not, I can tell you that. One hundred percent, Tony Ferguson is not the next fight because Tony Ferguson – I need someone who can sell pay-per-views.
Interestingly, Abdelaziz recently suggested that a viable option was a match against Floyd Mayweather, indicating that the 41-year-old wanted the fight: "He is really begging for the fight."
There is also the possibility of a rematch versus Conor McGregor, although that may depend on the decision of the Nevada Athletic Commission.
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