Khabib insists Tony Ferguson’s hasn’t retired because ‘he needs money’

Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov may be the most hyped event that never even happened  in UFC history. Both lightweight stars were scheduled to meet several times, but it was always cancelled for one reason or another.

Ferguson  (25-8 MMA, 15-6 UFC) is going through a tough time right now after losing his last five in a row. Former interim champion Ferguson was once considered Khabib’s greatest mesis since he had a 12 win streak.

Ferguson can’t get over the missed opportunity and recently challenged ‘The Eagle’ to compete in coaching on TUF reality series to squash their rivalry once and for all.

While Ferguson called it a done deal Dana White said TUF isn’t even on the docket to be discussed at UFC.

Nurmagomedov isn’t so certain that it is a sensible course of action. In an interview Nurmagomedov remarked,

“His time is up, and there’s no way to get it back. Not Khabib, not Tony, nobody. We had our time, and it passed.”

“He needs money. You have to pay your bills in the U.S., and I’m sure that since he’s a Californian, I know all the Californian fighters – everything he earned, take half of that.”

“I think he keeps fighting for money to pay bills, taxes. He has a family, I think he has two kids. I don’t blame him, but you can’t get back time. When your time goes away it doesn’t ask your name.”

Ferguson has spent most of his UFC career as a top lightweight contender. He plans to compete at 170 pounds going ahead. He’s also thinking about what comes next – opting to pursue Harvard business school.

Ferguson is pursuing a degree at Harvard.

“I’m already going back to school for business in Harvard in about a month and a couple of weeks, actually. So I kept my word and I’m keeping my word. So you guys. You guys are always going to go back to school? Yeah, right now I’m going back to school, going for my business credentials from Harvard and my, my, uh, my buddy Lloyd and.”

“And Vitor Belfort. They’re helping me with that. And after that, I’m going to go back to school and get my PT. So I’m going to keep my word like I’ve always have. And I’m going to go back home and do this s*it and do that s*it. It’s like me going back to school and college.”