Khabib Nurmagomedov is NOT retiring from MMA, despite reports to the contrary – and he will fight Justin Gaethje before the end of 2020, says his manager.
We spoke with Ali Abdelaziz, who manages both Khabib and Justin – and he tells us right away, the two guys are on board.
“We have a successful main event [Khabib] against Justin Gaethje. Two of the best lightweights in the world today in recent times. “
There have been questions about Khabib’s fighting future since his father died of COVID earlier this month.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was not only Khabib’s father – he was also his trainer, mentor and best friend.
“Everyone understands how close Khabib and his dad were,” Ali says… “We lost something very important and the UFCs were so great, especially Dana. He communicates with Khabib, the whole group. team has been amazing. “
Ali says Khabib is “heartbroken” – “but at the end of the day, Khabib’s father has a legacy he wanted Khabib to fulfill.”
In other words, Ali says that Abdulmanap would like Khabib to keep fighting … to share his talents with the world.
And, Ali thinks Justin Gaethje is the perfect opponent.
“We see what Justin Gaethje did to his last opponent. He took down Tony Ferguson, he made him look like an absolute amateur.”
We also asked if there was a chance Conor McGregor could be in the mix for Khabib or Justin … you gotta hear what Ali is saying about that!