Islam Makhachev Hopes to “Help” Tony Ferguson Retire
By FCF Staff
After extending his winning streak to seven at UFC 259, Islam Makhachev is hoping to be the last man Tony Ferguson faces in the Octagon.
Makhachev took on Drew Dober on Saturday night and submitted the dangerous striker in round three. After the impressive win, the lightweight relayed he wants to fight his teammate, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s longtime rival, Ferguson (quotes via MMA Junkie).
My dream fight is Tony because we have some deal with him, like a couple years now,” Makhachev said. “He’s still, like, pressuring Khabib. I don’t understand this guy, but I want to just help him retire. He is old. His mind is a little bit crazy. That’s why I just want to help him.”
“I just want to show people how Khabib would take him down, make him tired, make him tap,” Makhachev added. “Everybody talks like Tony is a hard fight for Khabib, but I never think like that because Khabib’s wrestling and grappling is a different level. Nobody has it like that.”
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were booked to fight five different times, when the latter was still competing, but each time the fight fell through.
The 37-year-old Ferguson (25-5) has dropped back-to-back fights to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira, after winning 12 in a row.
The 29-year-old Makhachev now carries a record of 19-1.