UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has been adamant that he doesn’t plan on competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) much longer. Nurmagomedov has won 28-straight fights in his career, and is one of the most dominant fighters the sport has ever seen.
Coming off a successful lightweight title defense over Dustin Poirier in Saudi Arabia, Nurmagomedov is expected to take a big legacy fight next against either Tony Ferguson or Georges St-Pierre. Speaking to Arab News, Nurmagomedov discussed his fighting future further, admitting he only has around two to three years of competition left in him. (H/T BJPenn.com)
“I think a couple years. Two or three years, maximum three. I think maybe two years is my opinion,” Nurmagomedov said.
“Because I don’t want to fight all my life, because I know it’s very hard, and I know a lot of new hungry guys are coming, and I know to always be undefeated, undisputed, this is not almost impossible, I think it’s impossible. Because you can watch in history, like soccer, boxing, MMA, everywhere, one day you’re going to lose. You have to know when you need to stop. I think maybe two years.”
In the meantime, currently sporting a record of 28-0, Nurmagomedov’s immediate goal is to reach the 30-0 mark.
“I am focusing on this, before I never thought about this, but right now I’m thinking I’m almost there,” Nurmagomedov said. “28-0 and in the next couple years I’m going to compete because I just became 31-years old, that is not too much for this sport, but for sure I think I’m going to finish, 33 or 34 fights it’s gonna be done.
“But right now I have a couple years to compete. I want to compete with the toughest challengers in the world. Like whatever opponent they give me, I will fight and I’m going to improve my legacy and improve myself. I really want to compete with the best fighters in the world.”
Do you think Nurmagomedov will retire from MMA in two years?