‘Tony Ferguson is finished… he will never be the same’: Khabib Nurmagomedov believes brutal beating at hands of Justin Gaethje spells the end for ‘El Cucuy’
- Tony Ferguson suffered heavy defeat by Justin Gaethje in UFC 249 main event
- Referee intervened in fifth round after Ferguson had taken too much punishment
- Khabib Nurmagomedov believes ‘El Cucuy’ has been compromised irrevocably
- ‘One day you’re going to go down and his day come. It was May,’ he said
Tony Ferguson is ‘finished’ and will never be the same fighter again after the beating he took from Justin Gaethje, claims Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Ferguson and Khabib have been scheduled to fight five times only to have the match-up fall through and ‘El Cucuy’ lost the battle for the interim lightweight belt at UFC 249 in May.
Gaethje delivered a brutal performance and the referee finally intervened in the fifth round to stop the punishment.
Tony Ferguson suffered a punishing defeat against Justin Gaethje and took plenty of damage
Khabib Nurmagomedov doubts Ferguson will ever be able to reach his top level again
Khabib believes the damage taken will change Ferguson irrevocably and mean he can never get back up to the level he once was.
The undefeated Russian, who fights Gaethje at UFC 254 on October 24, told ESPN: ‘Nobody can be the same for a long time — one day, somebody is going to beat you, something is going to happen.
‘God doesn’t give nobody the power, reaction, mental, one level, always. One day you’re going to go down and his day come. It was May. Tony Ferguson is finished now.
‘He’s going to come back, and someone is going to beat him again, I believe.
‘Because when you take damage like this, you’re never going to be the same. Never. Even if you’re Tony Ferguson.’
Dana White has spoken about the possibility of matching Khabib up with Ferguson for a sixth time next year but Khabib is doubtful the 36-year-old will forge his way to a title shot.
‘Stupid. Stupid, stupid. Remember, I told you I like Tony Ferguson but he’s a stupid guy. He keeps talking about me. Why you keep talking about me? Someone smash your face, Justin Gaethje smash you everywhere,’ he went on.
‘If you wanna promote yourself, OK, I agree with you.
‘But if you really want to keep talking about me and you think it’s going to be something special and put you in good position, this shows your mind, your weakness.
‘What can we do? Maybe if he comes back, but I don’t think this is possible.’
Khabib is preparing to defend his lightweight title against Gaethje on October 24
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