UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov Reports “I Don’t Have a Lot of Fights Ahead”
By FCF Staff
Khabib Nurmagomedov is only 30 years old, but the UFC’s lightweight champ recently outlined why he doesn’t plan to fight for another decade.
The undefeated fighter is preparing to face Dustin Poirier next Saturday at UFC 242. If Nurmagomedov wins, he will move his pro-record to an awe-inspiring, 28-0.
During a recent media call to promote the bout, the feared grappler was asked about his future, and Nurmagomedov said this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“Good question,” Nurmagomedov said. “Not yet, but I’m not a young fighter. I’ve already been champion for years. I’ve already defended my title. This is my second defense. Of course, I don’t have a lot of fights ahead, because I don’t want to fight when I’m 40 years old. This isn’t my plan. We’ll see.”
“Before I make a decision, I have to talk with my father, I have to talk with coach Javier (Mendez), all my brothers, (management team) Dominance MMA and all the people around me,” Nurmagomedov said. “I can’t make this decision alone. But right now, I’m focused on competition, because I have too much fire inside me.”
Nurmagomedov will be fighting for the first time since UFC 229 last October, when he submitted Conor McGregor in the fourth round.